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A company providing check authorization services became the most recent target of data theft. An apparently “rogue and dishonest employee” recently stole personal and confidential information about approximately 2.3 million customers and then sold this data to various direct marketing companies leaving behind millions of possible identity theft victims. Although, other than for marketing purposes, this theft has apparently not yet led to the improper use of personal information. However, it did lead to the sale of customer data. This most recent data theft presents yet another internal data security concern and highlights why data protection and security must be prioritized.

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