A new report released by the Washington State Office of the Attorney General found data breaches in the state increased by nearly 20% in 2019, but fewer state residents were affected due to the relatively small size of the breaches. While there were no "mega-breaches" in 2019, the number of residents affected by mid-size breaches more than doubled from 180,000 to 390,000. "This report highlights that data breaches remain a serious threat to our privacy," Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson said. "My office will continue to be a watchdog protecting Washingtonians’ privacy." New data breach protections will go into effect March 1, 2020.
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