Know Your Rights and Remedies in the Event of a Data Breach

West Virginia consumer protection attorneys advocate for victims of data breaches

Data is the lifeblood of the information society. Any time a consumer uses a smartphone, a social media platform, the computing cloud, or any other new technology device, the odds are the consumer is entering personal identification information (PII). This personal information can include a person’s phone number, physical address, email address, bank account number, credit card number, itinerary, family information, work information, social security information, driver’s license information, and a host of other information. Any or all of this information can be used by criminals against the consumer and by companies who are targeting consumers.

At Paulson & Nace, PLLC, a family-owned and operated firm, our West Virginia privacy protection lawyers explain what happens when a consumer’s personal information is breached. We investigate the cause of the data breach and the way the data can be used against the consumer. Our lawyers help consumers file proper consumer complaints, and we file lawsuits to hold negligent and intentional data breach hackers and violators accountable.

Data breaches explained

Consumers expect that information they provide online will be secure. Consumers want their information disclosed only to the people or companies they deal with directly. But hackers and thieves want to get as much personal information as they can to steal assets and accounts of consumers. Data theft is one of the newest types of crimes that criminals are using to gain PII. Cyber-attacks are escalating.

Civil actions against violators include:

  • Filing complaints with the Federal Trade Commission
  • Pursuing local claims when companies with notice of data breaches fail to notify their customers of known breaches.
  • Filing class action lawsuits against companies that knowingly or negligently allow data breaches to exist or continue.

Appropriate prosecutorial agencies may also bring about criminal actions against wrongdoers.

How can consumers protect themselves against data breaches

Identity Theft Resource Center statistics state that over 800 million data records have been breached between 2005 and 2015. Just one breach can be a nightmare for those involved. Some of the ways consumers can help protect themselves against data breaches include:

  • Using data breach software
  • Not opening emails that have attachments unless the consumer knows the source
  • Using a credit monitoring service
  • Freezing credit reports

Our attorneys also recommend checking credit reports on a regular basis. Consumers can get a free yearly credit report. Our Paulson & Nace West Virginia privacy protection lawyers help clients review their report for information that is inaccurate, outdated, or wrong. Additionally, use additional credit and data protection sources recommended by the Federal Trade Commission.

Paulson & Nace lawyers know the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the Stored Communications Act, and other laws that are designed to protect consumers from data breaches of their PII. We investigate claims and file lawsuits against violators when warranted.

Speak with a West Virginia data breach lawyer today

If your data was breached or you think there has been a violation of your privacy, please call Paulson & Nace, PLLC for a free discussion with a knowledgeable consumer protection lawyer. Our family of consumer protection lawyers explain consumer rights in this highly technical age and how consumers can best protect themselves from data breaches. We also explain when lawsuits are a proper remedy. You can reach us at our West Virginia office by calling 304-741-8079 or filling out our online contact form. Our office is located at 3501 Maccorkle Ave SE, Charleston, WV 25304.