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The number of data compromises increased 68 percent year-on-year during 2021, reaching a new record, according to a report from The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC). The number of incidents during the past year was 23 percent above the previous all-time high, which was set in 2017.

In 2021, more than 1,860 events were recorded, and 83 percent of those involved sensitive information, such as Social Security numbers and birthdates, the ITRC's annual data breach report revealed.

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