Yoo, Amber

Amber Yoo works for the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.

Data Breaches: A Year in Review

By Amber Yoo
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse

There are hundreds of ways that a consumer's personal information may be lost, stolen or exposed.  An employee may lose a laptop, hackers may download credit card numbers or sensitive personal data may be accidentally exposed online.

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse has been tracking breaches since 2005 and publishes a Chronology of Data Breaches. The Chronology counts the number of records leaked that contain information useful to identity thieves, such as Social Security numbers, financial account numbers, driver's license numbers – and in some states, medical information.