Unauthorized disclosure, sometimes referred to as data breach, is the act of making information public that was intended to be kept private. This can happen with personal information or business-related data. When unauthorized disclosure occurs, the victim may choose to sue under a number of different legal theories.
The unauthorized disclosure of sensitive information can have serious consequences for organizations, ranging from financial losses to reputation damage.
An unauthorized disclosure can occur in any situation where sensitive information is not adequately protected or secured against potential threats such as mishandling and theft.
It is important to note that unauthorized disclosures are not limited to breaches involving company employees; they can also involve third-party contractors, vendors or suppliers who do not have access to your organization's network but still manage to obtain sensitive information through other means (such as hacking).