On the surface, it looks like we actually made some improvements in protecting private data in 2007. According to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, the number of publicly disclosed data breaches actually decreased, from 346 incidents in 2006 to 310 in 2007. Unfortunately, there are still more clouds than sunshine. In 2007, the 310 data breach incidents resulted in a total of 162 million records exposed, more than three times as many as in 2006 (when there were about 50 million).
Here's another frightening data point: Five of the 10 biggest data breaches occurred in 2007, including the record setter. … Read more