Claims for Breaching Your Personal Data
You often hear on the news about companies having a “data” or “server” breach containing people’s personal or medical records. These types of breaches happen more often than most people know. When these breaches occur, it is often due to the negligence of the company to properly protect your data. The law often requires these companies to send you notice that a breach affecting your account has occurred. In fact, you may have received such letters in the past. They often inform you of the data breach, tell you everything will be fine, and sometimes offer credit protection insurance for a year or so. However, this does not compensate your for the real damages incurred.
Having your data stolen can be very damaging. It can lead to credit card fraud, identity theft, stolen tax refunds, endless spam, and other criminal activities that could cause you harm. This data is often stolen and sold on the “dark web” where criminals from anywhere in the world attempt to use your personal information to commit fraud in your name. It can take someone years to correct this. In turn, due to the company’s negligence, you incur lost time trying to correct their mistake, suffer harm to your credit rating, suffer stress and anxiety and even lose money. Also, you could incur additional costs related to getting a credit protection service to shield your stolen data from potential use by a criminal.
If you have been a victim of a large data breach, you need to know your rights.
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