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Canada Dashboard Digest | Opinion: Media Coverage Can Increase Consumer Threat Related reading: WP29 on data breach notification


As the black market for personal information continues to grow, the media has begun covering more and more data breaches, in some cases making things worse for the consumers whose data has been lost, reports The Huffington Post. When a device is lost or stolen and reports come out detailing the type of device, nature of the data it contains and where the device came from, it can “set-off a criminal treasure hunt,” Larry Keating writes. Alerting consumers to potential threats is important, and that is sometimes only possible through large media outlets, says Keating. “But the trade-off in alerting the criminal elements to a device or cache of data that may or may not be in their hands needs to be carefully considered.”
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