As if telemarketers weren’t pesky enough, a recently discovered data breach of a healthcare telemarketing firm resulted in almost one million senior citizens’ information being posted available online.
States across the US have been enacting legislation to protect their citizens in the event of a data breach since California first did it back in 2003. The most recent state, New Mexico, marks the 48th state to implement new laws that require speedy notification.
Job seekers in ten different states have been notified of a data breach that affected American JobLink Alliance (AJLA) earlier this month.
Data breaches have set record-breaking numbers for the past few years, and they’ve hit companies of practically every size and industry. Sometimes the stolen information is nothing more than email addresses and passwords, while in other breaches hackers come away with the complete identities of countless people.
If you’ve ever received a letter saying that you’re part of a data breach, you’re not alone.
With the ever-present news of yet another data breach, it’s easy for the public to fall victim to “data breach fatigue.” This very real phenomenon occurs when we’re bombarded with another headline, another notification letter, another alert from our credit card company. The public might easily think data breaches are commonplace and impossible to prevent, but that’s actually the worst reaction any of us could have.