A 2018 study from Pew Research Center showed that 50% of Americans think their private information is less secure than it was in 2015, thanks to the many data breaches over the past few years, including ones at Equifax, Yahoo, Uber, and department stores. As more transactions are digitized, there are more chances of being the victim of a data breach. Now you are able to go online to do your banking, shop, view your medical records, pay bills and access just about any account you have. Very few businesses do not have online access for their clients. If you are or have been a victim of a data breach or identity theft, contact our firm using this form for a free case evaluation.
Protecting Your Data
You can help with protecting your own data, but you can do only so much. Shredding any document with personal information on it, even just your name and address, is a start. Using complicated passwords for all online accounts also helps. But there isn’t a lot you can do when a business you trusted to keep your information safe has a data breach, other than try to recoup your losses after the fact and possibly get compensation for the inconvenience of having to clean up your credit, get your identity back and clean up any other damage done because your private data was stolen.
Businesses must implement privacy policies to keep their clients’ information safe and may be held responsible for damages in the event of a breach. The federal laws that help protect your data include:
- The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act
- The USA Patriot Act
- The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
- The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act
- The Federal Trade Commission’s Identity Theft Red Flag Rules
Because industries use differing compliance solutions, the area of private data security is varied. Our data privacy lawyers have experience in all areas of compliance and identity theft, including international policies for online enterprises that do business in the United States and overseas. You may be able to recover costs you incur because of a data breach or identity theft.
Data Privacy Issues
Data privacy concerns include:
- Website security
- Privacy statements for websites
- Marketing issues, including targeted behavioral advertising
- Medical identity theft
- Identity theft
- Federal computer security
- Trade secrets
- Policies and practices for record retention
- Education information
- Employment information
- Data breaches
- Confidentiality agreements
- HIPAA violations
In addition to individuals, we represent clients such as financial institutions, utilities, insurance companies, healthcare providers, retailers, securities firms, employers, and companies of any size that might need help with risk management and data security obligations. We also represent entrepreneurs who are starting a new business online who may need legal advice regarding data security.
Contact a Privacy Lawyer
If you have been or are a victim of a data breach or identity theft, contact Morgan & Morgan via this form for a free case evaluation.