October 19, 2020

Volume X, Number 293

October 19, 2020

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Privacy Tip #245 – Another Breach Notification Letter

This week, I received a breach notification letter from a large financial institution stating that my personal information, including my name, Social Security number, account name and number, contact information, date of birth, and asset information may have been compromised. UGH—that is highly sensitive information. Unfortunately, this is not the first time my personal information has been compromised. Even more unfortunate is the fact that this incident apparently occurred four years ago.

The letter advised me that I can sign up for credit monitoring and identity restoration services, which I will do.

And that’s my point this week. Data breaches are becoming more common. Although this incident was not a hacking incident, hackers are becoming more sophisticated and bolder. It is almost inevitable that our personal information will be compromised if it has not been already. It is important that when we receive these letters advising us that our information has been compromised that we do what we can to protect ourselves, including signing up for credit monitoring and placing a credit freeze on accounts if that is appropriate. Here is more information about how to protect yourself in the event you, too, receive a breach notification letter [view related post].

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About this Author

Linn F. Freedman, Robinson Cole Law Firm, Cybersecurity and Litigation Law Attorney, Providence

Linn Freedman practices in data privacy and security law, cybersecurity, and complex litigation. She provides guidance on data privacy and cybersecurity compliance to a full range of public and private clients across all industries, such as construction, education, health care, insurance, manufacturing, real estate, utilities and critical infrastructure, marine, and charitable organizations. Linn is a member of the firm's Business Litigation Group and chairs its Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Team. She is also a member of the Financial Services Cyber-Compliance Team (CyFi ...