Late last month, California Attorney General Kamala Harris released a data breach report, which found that over 49 million records of Californians’ personal information were put at risk in last four years.
The report, detailing the nature of data breaches reported to her office over the past four years, cited 657 data breaches between 2012 and 2015. Last year alone, 178 breaches placed 24 million records of Californians at risk, reflecting that as many as three in five Californians may have been victims of a data breach in 2015 alone.
“Government and the private sector have a shared responsibility to safeguard consumers from threats to their privacy, finances, and personal security,” said Attorney General Harris. “California is leading the nation with measures to prevent data breaches, but we can do better.”