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Privacy Breach vs. Data Breach – What is the Difference?

Unauthorized access of sensitive data that is tied specifically to your personal identification or finances, is something you deserve to know about.

It’s a scary world out there in terms of security, and trying to keep peace of mind that you won’t fall victim to the scams and attacks being uncovered daily. While there is no way to stop a possible hack or data theft incident, there are things you can do to become familiar with the threats out there and stay protected against fraudsters.

Taking these early steps to familiarize yourself with what kind of security breaches you’re up against and how to arm yourself in defense of these can go a long way. Let’s start with the basics. Understanding the differences between a data breach and a privacy breach and what implications it may have your business or personal information.

What is a Data Breach?

As the name suggests, a data breach involves the unauthorized and illicit access of your personal information. Oftentimes this information is used to conduct a crime, such as identity theft using your name, date of birth or social security number.  

A data breach can begin in different ways. From targeted malware attacks to dangerous file downloads or weak passwords and software security holes. Any of these methods may be used to obtain access without authorization to your private information. It’s important to protect yourself from these potential breaches by following rules and practicing regular security updates or be subjected to hefty industry fines and the risk of losing customer confidence and credibility. 

Privacy Breach Basics

A privacy breach, while still a security incident that is targeting your personal information, is different from a data breach in that it specifically relates to your privacy rights. This is a legal matter. Even if no crime has yet to be committed with the sensitive data that may have gotten into the wrong hands, the fact that it was exposed becomes the privacy breach. Whether this breach of privacy happens by mistake because files or hard drives are lost or stolen, or not, it is still a breach that needs to be made aware of so you can protect yourself properly.

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