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As Americans do more shopping and banking online, more of their private data is stored on servers and in the cloud. This makes it more vulnerable than ever to cybercriminals, who appear to be having the time of their lives — at the average American's expense.

Forty-seven percent of adults in the U.S. had their private information compromised by hackers in 2014, according to the Ponemon Institute. That's 110 million people being robbed of their basic right to privacy.

Keeping our privacy private is becoming a heavy lift. After all, if a company with the size, wealth and technology expertise of JPMorgan Chase can become a victim of a massive cyberattack, what chance do the rest of us have?

Apple CEO Tim Cook said that people shouldn't settle for the current situation. "None of us should accept that the government or a company or anybody should have access to all of our private information," he said in a February interview with The Guardian. "This is a basic human right."

CNBC presents a look at the various ways that Americans are losing their privacy to cybercrime.

—By Dan Bukszpan, special to
Posted 22 October 2015

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