Data breaches hit new high in NY

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 31, 2018

On Thursday, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released a report titled "Information Exposed: 2017 Data Breaches in New York State".

New York's Attorney General says his office received a record number of data breach notices in 2017.

The exposed information consisted primarily of New Yorkers' Social Security numbers, accounting for 40% records exposed, and financial account information such as credit card numbers, accounting for 33% of records exposed, according to the report.

"The parents of children here in Rochester need to know their children can get to school safely and are being monitored and where they're supposed to be", said Schneiderman.

"I have spoken to people at Facebook and my staff has spoken to them many times", he said. "So we're really digging into this".

Cambridge Analytica was hired by the Trump campaign and gained access to 50 million Facebook users' data. Schneiderman and other state officials have opened investigations into the breach. Equifax is a good example.

Now, Attorney General Schneiderman says he is introducing legislation to require Facebook and other social media sites to notify his office and NY consumers when they learn that users' personal data was obtained and misused in violation of the law or the platform's terms of service. It was discovered by the company in April and exposed 111,000 New Yorkers' financial information.

Schneiderman said that action comes in the form of the Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security, or SHIELD, Act-legislation he proposed a year ago. It's called the SHIELD act for short and would require that businesses handle, store and dispose of customer and personal records in a safer way.

But for now, he says users will have to be more careful as well. You may also want to put a fraud alert and/or security freeze on your credit report by notifying each of the credit reporting agencies (Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian).

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