An analysis of five years of data from a database of major breaches affecting at least 500 individuals finds that in 2016 the reporting of such breaches exceeded 300 for the first time.

The analysis of the database, operated by the Office for Civil Rights for the Department of Health and Human Services, comes from Safetica North America. It found that well-intended clinicians sharing data results in a 10 percent breach growth rate annually, and this sharing is the primary driver of breaches, says Luke Walling, general manager at Safetica, a data loss prevention vendor operating in Europe for seven years that launched operations in the U.S. in September.

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