Government record-keeping increases along with the need for privacy laws.
Lewis Brandeis and Samuel Warren’s “The Right to Privacy” is published in the Harvard Law Review.
Yahoo suffers a breach of 3 billion user accounts, the largest breach ever.
Another Yahoo breach exposes personal data of another 500 million users.
The General Data Protection Regulation is passed in the European Union, a move aimed at helping people control the use of their personal information. The regulation is implemented in 2018.
Equifax, the credit report bureau, suffers a breach that impacts 145.5 million accounts, exposing the personal credit histories of a large number of users.
European publications begin reporting that U.S. political campaigns are targeting social advertising by using data harvested from users’ Facebook accounts without their permission.
A holiday breach at Target allows 40 million credit card numbers to be stolen.
DreamHost begins fight against the Department of Justice when the DOJ requests the IP addresses and contact information of 1.3 million visitors to the site disruptj20.org, a site hosted by DreamHost.