GBA spokeswoman Aurélie Waeterlinckx said, “Over the past 12 months, the number of data breach reports has increased to 1,529. Last year, there were 1,232. Such a data breach, for example, relates to a victim company of hackers installing software malicious., causing their data to be held hostage, an organization mistakenly forwarding data to the wrong person, or an employee losing a laptop containing files containing personal data.”
Companies and organizations are obligated to report data breaches that may pose risks to the person concerned to the Data Protection Authority.
“The fact that the number of reports has increased over the past two years has something to do with the acceleration of digitization in our society during the Corona pandemic,” Wetterlinks says. “This digitization leads to more risks in terms of personal data and privacy. People are more likely to work from home, which requires a secure connection to the corporate network. Accelerating digitization also leads to more digital crimes, such as phishing, ransomware and hacking.”
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