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Credit cards. (DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

California Data Breaches Hit More Than 20 Million Accounts

California businesses and government agencies have experienced 300 separate data breaches exposing the personal information of more than 20 million customer accounts during the past two years, leading state Attorney General Kamala Harris on Thursday to elevate cybersecurity as a key focus of the state’s top crime-fighting agency.

02/27/2014

A customer uses the credit card scanner at a Target store on December 19, 2013 in Miami, Florida. Target announced that about 40 million credit and debit card accounts of customers who made purchases by swiping their cards at terminals in its U.S. stores between November 27 and December 15 may have been stolen. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Target Customer Data Security Breach Significantly Worse Than Originally Feared

Target’s pre-Christmas security breach was significantly more extensive and affected millions more shoppers than the company reported last month.

01/10/2014

A computer keyboard. (CBS)

ConsumerWatch: Personal Information Proves Difficult To Keep Private Online

If you’ve ever Googled yourself, you probably know a lot of your personal information, like your age, address, and home value are now very public. But, opting out of data brokers websites isn’t always an option.

04/02/2013

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900 Patients Taken To Hospital By Berkeley Fire Dept. May Have Had ID Stolen

More than 900 people taken to hospitals by Berkeley Fire Department crews may have had their personal information stolen by a Florida crime ring.

11/30/2012

A computer keyboard. (CBS)

Gov. Brown Signs Bills To Boost Social Network Password Privacy

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a pair of privacy bills making it illegal for employers and colleges to demand access to social media accounts.

09/27/2012

iPhone

ConsumerWatch: Used Smartphones Retain Loads Of Personal Data

Smartphones, as sophisticated as any laptop or desktop computer, are also just as thorough in retaining all sorts of personal information that can be mined by others who buy a used phone.

08/20/2012

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LinkedIn Confirms Report Of Stolen Passwords

Business social network LinkedIn has confirmed that passwords have been stolen and leaked onto the Internet, but did not indicate that the number was more than 6 million, as has been reported.

06/06/2012

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Tech Report: Lost Data Cartridges Contain Personal Information Of Californians

KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid said two recent incidents have those in the security field concerned.

03/31/2012

Google

Google Solidifies Search Engine Dominance Despite Privacy Concerns

Google is almost everyone’s favorite search engine, despite misgivings about data-collection and advertising practices that are widely seen as intrusive.

03/09/2012

A sign is displayed outside of the Google headquarters in Mountain View. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Google Seeks To Clarify New Privacy Policy

Seeking to blunt a sharp backlash to recent privacy policy changes, Google has offered to share “the real story” about a system that compiles information about users based on their activity on all of Google’s sites and products.

01/30/2012

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