Personal data breach definition

A personal data breach is a breach of security leading to the accidental or unlawful destruction, loss, alteration, unauthorised disclosure of, or access to personal data transmitted, stored or otherwise processed.

Examples of potential personal data breaches:

  • Stolen computer or any smart device;

  • Job offer sent to wrong email address;

  • Sent wrong contract to wrong customer;

  • Unauthorised access to an HR communication about an employee.

  • Ransomware attack