It’s not just that we are experiencing big firms getting breached due to sheer negligence, but that no one is going to do anything about it — yet we the people will suffer.
Not only does it appear that the reasons for the breaches were egregious, but the responses thus far have been criminally negligent. [No, I’m not a lawyer, nor do I play one on TV]
Until the United States changes it perspective about user data, so that it forces the businesses to get permission from individuals to access financial, health, and other sensitive personal data — and pays a price for failing to safeguard it — there will be nothing to prevent these kinds of issues from continuing.
It will be interesting to see how multi-nationals such as these deal with the realities of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which is very much on the horizon.