What action should you take in response to a data breach?
A credit reporting agency may be affected by a data breach that affects millions of consumers. The data might include names, addresses, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, driver's license numbers, military ID numbers, and passport numbers. The agency may have failed to implement adequate security measures to safeguard consumers’ personal data and ignored weaknesses in its data security. It’s terrible for this information to be released.
What should you do if you are one of the affected consumers?
- Confirm that a breach occurred
Don’t trust emails about a breach, as scammers may write false alerts to catch consumers.
Instead go to the offending company’s website and confirm that the scam occurred and that information about you was disclosed.
- Strengthen your password
Immediately change your password and your answers to security questions.
- Determine the type of data stolen
Assess the type of data stolen. You can replace credit cards, but a social security number is more difficult to change.
- What damage has been done?
Find out if the scammers are using your data for illicit acts. Committing identity fraud may be at the top of their agenda.
- Seek assistance
Consult a qualified attorney. State laws often help consumers seek damages for data breaches.
Who should you contact to advise you on the breach?
Consumer Attorneys are here to work for individuals whose personal information may have become compromised through a data breach. Please fill out the “Contact Us” form to the left and we will get back in touch with you.
DATA BREACH LITIGATION
Daniel C. Cohen
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