To get a better idea how the U.S. government is tackling the issue--through the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Defense, as well as the Federal Trade Commission--check out this June 2007 GAO report, which also addresses the difficulties of policing the Web.
The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, or PRC, is heralded as one of the top sources out there on information related to privacy breaches on the Web. The nonprofit consumer organization, which has been around in San Diego since 1992, puts together a "Chronology of Data Breaches," which details when and how more than 158 million data records of U.S. residents have lost, stolen, damaged or otherwise violated since January 2005.
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