Voltage has a new feature on their website, a map of data breaches with an approximation of the affected geographic area (or at least the location of the breached entity’s HQ). This is a nice compliment to the Privacy Rights site which lists all reported breaches, chronologically, since the Choicepoint breach in 2005 that exposed a reported 163,000 records.

I spent some time clicking around and really enjoyed playing with the different views and getting a perspective on where these things happen. Looking at the map, it’s really not a big surprise, but the most significant thing is the lack of global breach announcements (or lack of data). The number of countries affected are in the low teens, which we know is not accurate, but the lack of data breach notification laws in most countries affects what we know.


This post originally appeared on BrandenWilliams.com.

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