The Netherlands and Germany lead in this standing almost head-to-head, with 40,600 and 37,600 data breaches respectively, while the United Kingdom comes in third with 22,100 reported cases. The top 10 is completed by Ireland (10,500 cases), Denmark (9,800), Poland (7,400), Sweeden (7,300), Finland (6,300), France (3,400) and Norway (2,800).
GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) was introduced by the EU in May 2018, with more than 160,000 data breaches being reported since according to the DLA Piper GDPR Data Breach Survey 2020. The rising number of cases goes to show how valuable personal data is and the lengths hackers or otherwise malevolent organizations are willing to go in order to acquire this information. Of course, not all data breaches are due to such activities, with many well-intentioned organizations still struggling to understand the new standards of data privacy and thus failing to comply with them, despite huge potential fines.