According to Statista, 2017 saw 1,579 data breaches, almost a 50 percent increase over 2016 and more than double the total of 2015. And that’s just the data breaches that were reported.

Although many data breach and privacy lawsuits are settled, there are a number—particularly high-profile cases—that can stretch on for months and years. The Equifax data breach could very well be one of those lawsuits, while Microsoft’s privacy suit has made its way through the court system to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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