Sunday, December 31, 2006

The Privacy Year: 2006 sent mixed messages

So, as the year ends, what did 2006 do for privacy?

Well, there was plenty of coverage of security breaches that exposed personal data. According to the good folks at Privacy Rights Clearing House, the approximate minimum total number of PII potentially compromised in 2006: 48,419,936. They have a very interesting breakdown right here.

And this was the worst year ever, right? Wrong, the total for 2005 was 54,843,000. But aren't we getting better at catching the culprits? Well, according to Privacy Rights Clearing House, the number of data-breach identity thieves sentenced in 2006 was, wait for it: 5.

So, not a good year for privacy. But maybe not the worst year ever. Let's see what 2007 brings.

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