Legal Alert - Nearly 50 Million Records Breached in California Since 2012
by David P. Hansen, Justin A. Shiroff and Patrick X. Fowler
Earlier this month, the California Attorney General’s Office released the 2016 Data Breach Report covering years 2012 through 2015 for the State of California (the “AG’s Report”). The AG’s Report reveals that 557 data breaches reported to its office have occurred over the last four years, affecting nearly 50 million records. According to the report, while “California has been on the cutting edge, adopting the strongest and most sophisticated consumer privacy laws in the United States,” these efforts alone are not enough to shield sensitive data from being breached. To that end, the AG’s Report sets forth a number of recommendations, for both businesses and lawmakers alike, to better protect themselves from the ever evolving threat of cybercrime.