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Term: Data Breach

The unauthorized acquisition of computerized data that compromises the security, confidentiality, or integrity of data maintained by a data collector.

What is a Data Breach?

A data breach refers to unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction of data. This could involve various types of personal data, including names, Social Security numbers, bank details, email addresses, passwords, and more. Data breaches can be the result of various events, such as cyberattacks, human errors, or system failures. Data breaches can compromise the security, confidentiality, or integrity of personal information and can result in serious harm to individuals.

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