Waste Management Data Breach Class Action Lawsuit

Waste Management has alerted its current and former employees of a security breach incident that dates back to January 21, 2021, when the company first uncovered suspicious activity on their networks. After a subsequent investigation, with the help of third-party cybersecurity experts, Waste Management found that an “unauthorized actor” gained access to their systems for a 48-hour period, and stole an undetermined number of files.

It wasn’t until May 2021 that the Waste Management data breach incident was determined to have compromised the personal information of certain individuals, many of which have reported receiving notification of the Waste Management data breach in recent weeks. Information and files that was confirmed to have been accessed by the hack may include the following:

  • Names
  • Social Security Numbers
  • Dates of Birth
  • Driver’s License Numbers

The Lyon Firm is reviewing Waste Management Data Breach Claims, and has experience filing Class Action Data Theft and Data Privacy lawsuits on behalf of plaintiffs nationwide. Contact a Data Breach Attorney to discuss your case and review your claim for just compensation.

Waste Management Data Breach Class Action Lawsuit

While Waste Management certainly did not intend for employees’ personal data to be leaked to cybercriminals, the company has a duty to protect individuals’ data. When any company collects and stores personal information, they are bound by federal privacy law to build strong security systems and establish various safeguards. If it is determined that a company did not take every precaution possible to protect personal data, and it is thereby stolen, legal action may be taken by data breach victims.

Waste Management announced after the data breach that they are providing access to a year of free credit monitoring and identity protection, though attorneys say that falls well short of what victims deserve. Once personal data is compromised, that information may be lost forever, and the risk of identity theft and other forms of fraud rise dramatically.

What Should You Do Now?

Individuals pay dearly with their time and anxiety following data breach incidents, and have a right to compensation. By filing a class action lawsuits against a company, plaintiffs are able to seek damages as well as force companies to act responsibly in the future. Unfortunately, the threat of legal action, federal fines and punitive damages may be the only way to grab the attention of those companies responsible for failing to protect our personal data.

Aside from joining a data breach class action, victims should consider enrolling in credit monitoring subscriptions and sign up for fraud alerts.

Please contact The Lyon Firm for a free Waste Management Data Breach case review, or to discuss other known data theft incidents.