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Posted: 5:52 p.m. Monday, July 1, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO —
California officials say data breaches put the personal information of 2.5 million people in the state at risk.
State Attorney General Kamala Harris on Monday released a report showing 131 breaches of consumer information were reported in 2012.
Business and government agencies are required by law to notify consumers when a data breach may have put their personal information at risk.
The report found that the retail industry reported the most breaches, with financial institutions and insurance providers next on the list.
Harris says companies should use encryption and increase security to better safeguard consumer information.
The report comes after a bill passed in 2012 that requires companies to report information breaches of more than 500 consumers to the attorney general.
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