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California experienced more data breaches than any other state in the past decade: report

California experienced more data breaches than any other state in the past decade: report (Trends, Reports, Analysis)

California has suffered more data breaches and personal records exposed than any other state in the U.S. over the past decade, with almost 1,500 data breach incidents, a new report has found. Oregon came second on the number of records exposed at around 1.3 billion, while New York ranked second on the number of data breaches, at 729. Comparitech used information on data breaches collected by the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse and the Identity Theft Resource Center to examine the number of breaches in each state between 2008 and 2019. The number of breaches and personal information exposed were assigned to the states where the breach occurred, though for some breaches that were more widespread, the numbers were assigned to the state where the headquarters of the company breached was located at the time. One example of this is the state of Maryland, with the report finding that of 388 million personal records exposed in this state, 383 million were due to the data breach of Marriott International, which is headquartered in Bethesda, MD.

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