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The ongoing problem with data security.

Personal information episodes, whether through breaches, misuse or lax handling and storage, affect daily life in one way or another. Three recent incidents at home and abroad emphasize today’s treacherous cybersecurity landscape.

The incidents involved Exactis, a data broker based in Palm Coast, Fla., which exposed a database containing almost 340 million consumer and business records; FastBooking, a Paris-based company that sells hotel booking software to more than 4,000 hotels in 100 countries, which revealed personal details and payment card data of guests from hundreds of hotels; and Ticketmaster UK admitted that they had a data breach that affected up to 40,000 customers.

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Roy Urrico

Roy W. Urrico specializes in articles about financial technology and services for Credit Union Times, as well as ghostwriting, copywriting, and case studies. Also: writer/editor of a semi-annual newsletter for Association for Financial Technology since 1997 and history projects funded by the U.S Interior Department, National Park Service and Warren County (N.Y.).

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