Posted On March 11, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
March 11, 2022 – Recently, GreenSlate, LLC announced a data security incident involving a then-current employee who downloaded and stole files containing some of the company’s clients’ personal information. It is essential those who receive a data breach notification from GreenSlate understand what is at risk. The data breach lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. are actively investigating the GreenSlate 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 GreenSlate.
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 an official notice provided by the company, on December 22, 2021, GreenSlate learned that an employee who has since been terminated downloaded scanned documents containing some personal information pertaining to some of the company’s clients. During the course of the company’s investigation, it was determined that the employee downloaded the documents between December 10 and December 15, 2021.
Since learning about this event, GreenSlate reviewed the compromised files to determine what consumer information was accessible to the former employee. While the compromised information varies by consumer, it may include their name, date of birth, Social Security Number, Social Insurance Number, work authorization papers, and direct deposit bank account information.
On March 10, 2022, GreenSlate began sending out data breach notification letters to all individuals whose information was compromised as a result of the recent data security incident.
GreenSlate, LLC is a business services and payroll service company based in New York, NY. The company specializes in working with clients in the entertainment industry and provides a range of services, including payroll management, production accounting, and tax assistance. GreenSlate has approximately 54 employees and generates over $10 million in annual revenue.
When you allowed GreenSlate access to your personal data, you trusted the company to keep your sensitive information safe. However, news of the GreenSlate 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 GreenSlate breach is only in its beginning phases. For that reason, it is too early to tell if GreenSlate was legally responsible for the breach. However, our data breach attorneys are investigating the GreenSlate 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 GreenSlate, contact a data breach attorney as soon as possible.
If you receive a data breach notification from GreenSlate 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 GreenSlate 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.