Ca: Data breaches on the increase

David Canton writes:

Federal Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart recently released her annual report to Parliament on PIPEDA, the private-sector privacy law.

While her comments on social networking were highlighted and widely reported by the media, the report contained some other interesting trends that have not been as widely discussed.

One of the most notable developments related to the increasing regularity with which personal information is being released without the knowledge or consent of individuals.


The number of reported data breaches has been on the rise in recent years, from 23 in 2006, to 48 in 2007, to 65 reported incidents in 2008. These breaches can leave personal information exposed for anyone to see….. The report breaks data breaches into four types: Unauthorized access, accidental disclosure, theft and loss.


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