Advocating Consumer Privacy Rights after a Data Breach
Washington, D.C. consumer privacy attorneys fight to protect the security of our clients’ data
Americans are virtually tethered to our mobile devices and computers. And what drives all of this activity? Data. Sensitive data. Personally Identifiable Information (PII) about where we live, where we work, what we eat, where we shop, what we buy, where we go, our relationships, finances and our health is stored on our mobile phones and tablets that are almost never more than an arm’s length away. All of this information, however, is susceptible to hackers if we, and the companies who use and store our data, do not take proper precautions.
At Paulson & Nace, PLLC in Washington, D.C., we understand how overwhelming it can feel to know that your sensitive data has been exposed to hackers. We also understand how angry and frightened you feel when your trust and privacy were betrayed by the negligent actions of companies you trusted with the data in the first place. If you were hacked, our privacy protection attorney can help.
What is a data breach?
A data breach is an unintentional or accidental release of secure information. A data breach is often caused by intentional hacking by criminals or through the theft of equipment that has access to the network. Recent data breaches have involved the release of sensitive, confidential information for thousands of Americans.
In one of the largest data breaches to date, Anthem, Inc., one of the leading managed health care companies in the U.S., experienced a data breach. This breach was caused by hackers who exploited vulnerabilities in the giant health care company’s network, and then exposed millions of customer and employee records that included PII such as names, addresses, social security numbers, date of birth and employment information.
What can I do if my data has been compromised in a data breach?
According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, the number of U.S. data breaches in 2014 hit a record high of 783, which represents a significant increase of 27.5% over the number of breaches reported in 2013. If you know that your personal information may have been compromised in a major data breach there are a few things you can do to protect yourself:
- Sign up for a credit monitoring service.
- Check your credit report. Go to annualcreditreport.com and request your free credit reports immediately. Study them and look for inaccurate or outdated information and have it corrected.
- If you are really concerned, you can put a freeze on your credit reports. This will make it quite challenging for hackers to create new, fraudulent accounts using your information.
- Check out all of the identity theft resources that the Federal Trade Commission has to offer.
- Be aware of phishing emails and other imposter messages that appear to come from legitimate companies.
If you have suffered any losses as a result of a data breach, a Washington, D.C. consumer protection attorney can may be able to help you take action against the responsible party. At Paulson & Nace, we will investigate your claim and determine if you are eligible to file a lawsuit against the responsible parties.
Consult an experienced consumer privacy attorney in Washington, D.C. today
Please contact Paulson & Nace, PLLC to schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable consumer protection attorney, so you can learn more about your rights. To schedule a meeting at our Washington, D.C. office, please call 202-463-1999 or fill out our contact form.