Texas Department of Insurance Data Breach Investigation
The Lyon Firm is actively involved in personal privacy and data theft cases and is currently investigating the Texas Department of Insurance data breach claims.
The Texas Department of Insurance recently announced a data security event that may have impacted up to 1.8 million individuals. The Texas Department of Insurance first disclosed the incident on March 24, which may have compromised the following information:
- Phone numbers
- Dates of births
- Social security numbers
- Worker compensation claims
The origins of the data breach are not altogether clear, and the information available at this time says only that a security vulnerability affecting web applications exposed user data. It’s also unclear how long the data was exposed.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated data breach lawyer and Privacy Attorney representing plaintiffs nationwide in class action security breach lawsuits.
Can You Sue The Texas Department of Insurance?
Entities that collect and store data have a duty to protect personal information to the best of their ability. When they are negligent, and a data theft incident occurs, they may be liable for the following:
- Improperly monitoring data security systems for existing intrusions
- Not ensuring that vendors with access to computer systems and data employ reasonable security procedures
- Improperly training employees in handling emails containing personal data and maintain adequate email security practices
- Failure to implement technical policies and procedures to allow electronic data access only to individuals or software programs granted access rights
- Failure to implement procedures to review records of information system activity regularly, such as audit logs, access reports and security incident tracking reports
- Improperly protecting against reasonably anticipated threats or hazards to the security or integrity of stored data
An experienced class action privacy attorney can determine if you are eligible to file a Texas Department of Insurance data breach lawsuit or join a class of plaintiffs. Lawyers investigating the matter can assist in determining the following:
- Did the Texas Department of Insurance fail to adopt security safeguards that would have prevented a breach?
- Did the department notify customers as soon as it learned of the incident?
- Did the department provide a complete list of all individuals impacted?
- Did the department provide security in line with industry standards?
What Should You Do Following a Data Breach?
Regardless of the reason for a security breach, victims have the right to file a claim against a company for failing to protect their information. All companies and organizations must exercise reasonable care in protecting patient information, and if they do not, they can be held liable for the damages that result, including identity theft.
Security breach plaintiffs and privacy attorneys representing plaintiffs have been able to settle multi-million dollar recoveries. If you or a loved one has received notice of a data breach affecting you, or suspect signs of identity theft, contact a data theft lawyer for a free consultation.
Individuals can be ruined financially and emotionally, and deserve proper online security measures. But many companies and hospitals violate privacy laws and consumer rights, and thus face class action lawsuits.
After a data breach turns your life upside down, remember that you are not the only victim. There are millions of Americans who suffer from data privacy events every year, and in turn, seek legal action for compensation and to hold companies accountable for negligent security systems.
If you want more information on current data breach litigation and how to file a data theft class action lawsuit, contact The Lyon Firm for a free and confidential Texas Department of Insurance case review.