Nearly 450 Million Consumer Records with PII Exposed in 2018

According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, who just released their 2018 End-of-Year Data Breach Report, the number of data breaches fell by nearly 25 percent compared to 2017, but the number of compromised records containing personally identifiable information (PII) more than doubled to 446.5 million.

Although the total number of data breaches declined in 2018, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), it was still the second highest number of data breaches reported in one year since the ITRC has been keeping track.

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As SEC Investigates Yahoo Breach, FTC Reiterates Need for Federal Breach Notification Laws

Following a data breach involving over 500 million accounts and a delay in notifying the public or impacted parties, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) started an investigation into the Yahoo data breach at the request of a Senator. Later at a Senate Committee meeting the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) cited the Yahoo breach reiterating their support for federal data breach legislation.

Meanwhile as large-scale data breaches continue, so too does identity theft. The FTC received nearly 500,000 identity theft complaints in 2015, a 47 percent increase from the year before.

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