Washington State Department of Licensing Data Breach Investigation
The Lyon Firm is investigating a potential data breach on behalf of victims in Washington and nationwide following an alleged data security incident involving the Washington State Department of Licensing.
The Washington State Department of Licensing says the personal information of potentially millions of licensed professionals in the state may have been exposed after suspicious activity was detected on its online licensing system.
The licensing agency issues necessary documents for around forty categories of businesses and professionals. The Washington agency shut its online platform after learning of the unauthorized activity in January. Personal data stored on the system may have included Social Security numbers, birth dates and driver’s license information.
The agency does not yet know if the compromised data was accessed or stolen. The state Attorney General’s Office and a third-party cybersecurity firm have been engaged to help in the data breach investigation.
At the moment, the closure of the online system is causing problems for those needing to apply for, renew or modify current licensing. Disruptions are hitting real estate agents, appraisers, home inspectors, bail bonds agents, funeral directors, and notaries. The Washington agency has around 257,000 active licenses in its system.
The Lyon Firm is proud to represent plaintiffs nationwide, and has experience in a wide variety of data privacy cases. Companies and government entities have a duty to protect the data they collect and store, and when negligence leads to a data theft incident, they may be held accountable in the court of law. Call now for a free and confidential Washington State Department of Licensing data breach consultation.