Posted On March 23, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
March 23, 2022 – Recently, Chelan Douglas Health District (“CDHD”) announced a data security incident that may have exposed the personal information, including Social Security numbers, of as many as 108,906 residents.
It is essential that those who receive a data breach notification from Chelan-Douglas Health District understand what is at risk. The data breach lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. are actively investigating the Chelan-Douglas Health District data breach on behalf of people whose information was exposed. As a part of our investigation, we are providing free consultations to anyone affected by the breach who is interested in learning more about the risks of identity theft, what they can do to protect themselves, and what their legal options may be to obtain compensation from Chelan-Douglas Health District.
In 2021, there were 1,862 data breaches affecting more than 189,000,000 individuals. Victims of identity theft spend, on average, 200 hours and more than $1,300 recovering their identity. Many of these victims also suffer credit damage, emotional distress, and may even end up with a criminal record. Taking immediate action is the best way to prevent the worst consequences of a data breach.
According to a letter drafted by the District’s attorneys, Chelan Douglas Health District recently learned that an unauthorized party gained access to the District’s computer network between the dates of July 2 and July 4, 2021. The District launched an investigation to learn more about the nature of the incident, as well as whether any consumer information was compromised as a result.
On February 12, 2022, the Chelan Douglas Health District determined that the certain information was removed from the District’s network by an unauthorized party. While the compromised information varies by consumer, it may include your full name, Social Security number, date of birth, driver’s license number, financial account information, medical information, and health insurance policy information.
Around March 15, 2022, Chelan-Douglas Health District began sending out data breach notification letters to all individuals whose information was compromised as a result of the recent data security incident. Notices were sent out to as many as 108,906 residents. The population of Chelan and Douglas counties is approximately 110,000, illustrating the extent of the recent breach.
Chelan-Douglas Health District is the government entity charged with overseeing the health and wellness of residents of Chelan and Douglas counties, in Washington State. This District focuses on disease prevention, environmental health, community and family health, and emergency preparedness.
When you allowed CDHD access to your personal data, you trusted the organization to keep your sensitive information safe. However, news of the CDHD data breach raises some very serious questions about the organization’s data security measures and whether it could have done more to prevent this type of cyber-attack.
All organizations 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 an organization that misused or mishandled their information. However, the investigation into the Chelan-Douglas Health District breach is only in its beginning phases. For that reason, it is too early to tell if CDHD was legally responsible for the breach. However, our data breach attorneys are investigating the Chelan-Douglas Health District 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 CDHD, contact a data breach attorney as soon as possible.
If you receive a data breach notification from CDHD 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 CDHD 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.