Posted On March 3, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
March 3, 2022 – Recently, Bako Diagnostics (“BakoDx”) announced a data breach resulting in an unauthorized party gaining access to sensitive consumer information. Those impacted by a data breach should be sure they understand what happened, what their rights are, and how they can pursue them. The data breach lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. are actively investigating this security breach. As a part of the investigative process, our attorneys will be interviewing any victims of the breach to determine what harm was caused and whether they are eligible to bring a data breach class action lawsuit against Bako Diagnostics.
According to an official filing by the company, on December 28, 2021, Bako Diagnostics discovered potentially unauthorized activity on its computer network. In response, Bako Diagnostics conducted an internal investigation into the incident to determine the scope of any compromised consumer data. While the investigation is still ongoing, the company has learned that between December 21 and 28, 2021, an unauthorized party had access to certain files and folders containing consumer data. The company also notes that the unauthorized party may have removed some of this data.
While the compromised information varies by consumer, it may include affected parties’ names, dates of birth, address, telephone number, email address, Social Security number, driver’s license number, state identification number, health insurance information, medical information and billing and claims information.
Subsequently, around February 28, 2022, Bako Diagnostics began sending out data breach notification letters to all individuals whose information was contained in the affected files.
Bako Diagnostics is a laboratory based out of Alpharetta, Georgia. The company specializes in anatomic pathology, nail DNA testing, ENFD, bacteriology and mycology services with an emphasis on podiatric dermatology. Bako Diagnostics’ services are covered under five national health plans, covering more than 250 million individuals. The company diagnoses more than 250,000 cases per year and works with more than 7,500 physicians across the country.
When you allowed BakoDx access to your personal data, you trusted the company to keep your sensitive information safe. However, news of the BakoDx data breach raises some very serious questions about the company’s data security measures and whether the company could have done more to prevent this type of cyber-attack.
Regardless of the industry, all businesses have a legal obligation to protect consumer information in their possession. Although creating and maintaining a data security system is costly, this is a necessary expense given the frequency with which cyberattacks occur.
Consumers whose personal, identifying, financial or healthcare-related data was compromised in a data breach can pursue legal action against a company that misused or mishandled their information. However, the investigation into the Bako Diagnostics breach is only in its beginning phases. For that reason, it is too early to tell if BakoDx was legally responsible for the breach. However, our data breach attorneys are investigating the Bako Diagnostics security breach to determine the potential legal remedies of those affected.
If you have questions about your ability to pursue a data breach class action lawsuit against BakoDx, contact a data breach attorney as soon as possible.
If you receive a data breach notification from BakoDx in the coming weeks, it means your personal data was among that which was compromised in the recent cyberattack. It also means a cybercriminal may have had access to—and may have stolen—your personal data. Given the risks involved, it is important you remain vigilant by taking the following steps:
At Console & Associates, P.C., our consumer privacy lawyers monitor all security and data breaches to help affected consumers pursue their legal remedies. We offer free consultations to victims of data breaches and can explain your rights in clear, understandable terms so you can make an informed decision about how to proceed with your case. If you’ve been affected by the BakoDx data breach or any other data security incident, Console & Associates, P.C., will investigate your case at no charge and offer you thorough advice about how to most effectively proceed with your case. If you decide to bring a case, we only get paid if you do. If your claim is successful, any legal fees are either paid by the defendant or come out of the funds recovered from the defendant. If your claim doesn’t result in a recovery, you will pay nothing.
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