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Posted On March 29, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches

Data Breach Alert: Illuminate Education

NOTICE: If you received a NOTICE OF DATA BREACH letter from Illuminate Education, contact the attorneys at Console & Associates at (866) 778-5500 to discuss your legal options, or submit a confidential Case Evaluation form here.

Data Breach AlertMarch 29, 2022 – Recently, Illuminate Education experienced a cybersecurity event that may have compromised the sensitive information of as many as 820,000 current and former students in New York City.

It is essential those who receive a data breach notification from Illuminate Education understand what is at risk. The data breach lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. are actively investigating the Illuminate Education data breach. 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 Illuminate Education.

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.

What We Know So Far About the Illuminate Education Breach

According to a recent news report, in January 2022, Illuminate Education experienced a data breach exposing the private information of current and former NYC students. Evidently, the compromised information includes students’ names, birthdays, ethnicities, home languages and student ID numbers dating back to the 2016 – 2017 school year. In addition, the breach allowed unauthorized parties to access information pertaining to whether students get special education services, class and teacher schedules, and whether kids receive free lunch.

New York City officials claim that Illuminated Education inaccurately described the company’s data security measures. The company previously assured officials that all student data was encrypted, when in fact, some data was not encrypted. Officials have asked the NYPD, FBI and New York Attorney General to investigate the cybersecurity event.

The Department of Education explained that it will work with Illuminated Education to send data breach letters to the affected parties in the coming weeks.

Illuminate Education provides education technology used by educators to log and track student performance and other metrics. Illuminated Education consists of several smaller education companies, which merged in 2018, including eduCLIMBER, Key Data Systems, IO Education, School City, Alpine Achievement and FastBridge Learning. Together, all Illuminated Education companies employ more than 600 individuals and generate approximately $126 million in annual revenue. The company is based in Irvine, California.

Can Parents Whose Children’s Data Was Leaked Pursue Legal Action Against a Company?

When you allowed Illuminate Education access to your child’s personal data, you trusted the company to keep their sensitive information safe. However, news of the Illuminate Education 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 student 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.

Parents whose children’s 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 Illuminate Education breach is only in its beginning phases. For that reason, it is too early to tell if Illuminate Education was legally responsible for the breach. However, our data breach attorneys are investigating the Illuminate Education 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 Illuminate Education, contact a data breach attorney as soon as possible.

What to Do If You Received a Data Breach Notification from Illuminate Education

If you receive a data breach notification from Illuminate Education 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:

  1. Figure Out What Information Was Stolen: Carefully review the data breach letter sent by Illuminate Education, keeping in mind the information you provided to the company as well as the type of data that was compromised in the breach. You should also take a copy of the data breach letter and keep it for your records. Of course, data breach letters are not always easy to understand. A consumer privacy lawyer can help victims of a data breach understand what was compromised and how to protect themselves.
  2. Prevent the Hacker from Accessing Your Accounts: Once you determine the scope of the breach and how it affected you, you should take all steps to prevent cybercriminals from accessing your credit or financial accounts. For example, you should change all passwords and security questions for your online accounts. You should also consider setting up multi-factor authentication where it is available.
  3. Protect Your Credit and Your Financial Accounts: In the wake of a data breach, companies usually provide free credit monitoring services for a specified period of time. This is not a gimmick, and you do not give up any rights by taking a company up on their offer. Additionally, you should contact one of the three main credit bureaus to request a copy of your credit report. Even if you do not notice any signs of fraud or unauthorized activity, it is a good idea to request a fraud alert. Fraud alerts are free and serve as a red flag to potential lenders and creditors that your information was compromised.
  4. Consider a Credit Freeze: A credit freeze prevents access to your credit report unless you specifically authorize it. Credit freezes are free and last until you remove them. While placing a credit freeze on your accounts may initially seem like a drastic measure, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center (“ITRC”), doing so is the “single most effective way to prevent a new credit/financial account from being opened.” However, ITRC reports that just 3% of consumers whose information is leaked place a freeze on their accounts. Once a credit freeze is in place, you can temporarily lift the freeze if you need to apply for any type of credit.
  5. Regularly Monitor Your Credit Report and Financial Accounts: Protecting yourself or your child in the wake of a data breach is not a one-time task. You should continually monitor your credit report and all financial accounts, keeping an eye out for any signs of unauthorized activity or fraud. You may also consider calling your banks and credit card companies to report the fact that your information was compromised in a data breach.

If You Have Questions About Your Rights Following the Illuminate Education Data Breach, Console & Associates, P.C. Can Help

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 Illuminate Education 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.


NOTICE: If you received a NOTICE OF DATA BREACH letter from Illuminate Education, contact the attorneys at Console & Associates at (866) 778-5500 to discuss your legal options, or submit a confidential Case Evaluation form here.