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University of Washington Report on Data Breaches Faults Companies for Organizational Mismanagement

Press release: “If Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Washington Phil Howard’s calculations prove true, by year’s end the 2 billionth personal record — some American’s social-security or credit-card number, academic grades or medical history — will become compromised, and it’s corporate America, not rogue hackers, who are primarily to blame. By his reckoning, electronic records in the United States are bleeding at the rate of 6 million a month in 2007, up some 200,000 a month from last year.”

  • The World Information Access Project Report for 2007 will be available here
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