Posted On August 2, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
On July 26, 2022, Laborers International Union of North America Local 1098 (“LIUNA Local 1098,” “LIUNA 1098”) reported a data breach related to an incident in which an unauthorized party gained access to an employee email account. Based on an official filing from the company, the incident resulted in an unauthorized party gaining access to the following data types: names, Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, state ID numbers, and financial account information. Also on July 26, 2022, LIUNA 1098 began sending out data breach notification letters to all individuals who were impacted by the recent data security incident. The labor union believes that 23,746 members were affected by the breach.
If you received a data breach notification, it is essential you understand what is at risk. The data breach lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. are actively investigating the LIUNA 1098 data breach on behalf of people whose information was exposed. As a part of this 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 Laborers International Union of North America Local 1098.
The information about the Laborers International Union of North America Local 1098 data breach comes from the organization’s official filings with various state government agencies as well as a “Notice of Data Incident” page displayed on its website. Evidently, on April 27, 2022, LIUNA Local 1098 detected suspicious activity within an employee’s email account. In response, the organization began working with third-party cybersecurity specialists in hopes of learning more about the nature and scope of the incident.
LIUNA 1098’s investigation confirmed that an unauthorized party was able to gain access to the employee’s email account starting on February 27, 2022, which lasted until April 27, 2022.
Upon discovering that sensitive consumer data was accessible to an unauthorized party, LIUNA Local 1098 began the process of reviewing all affected files to determine what information was compromised and which consumers were impacted by the incident. While the breached information varies depending on the individual, it may include your name, Social Security number, driver’s license number, state ID number, and financial account information. LIUNA 1098 estimates that the recent breach impacted information belonging to 23,746 individuals.
On July 26, 2022, LIUNA Local 1098 sent out data breach letters to all individuals whose information was compromised as a result of the recent data security incident.
Laborers International Union of North America Local 1098 is a labor union based in Saginaw, Michigan. The organization represents the interests of those who work in the construction industry in and around Saginaw. LIUNA Local 1098 is an affiliate of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, which more broadly serves energy and construction workers. However, LIUNA also represents over 70,000 public employees. In total, LIUNA has more than 500,000 members throughout the United States and Canada.
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 LIUNA 1098 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.
Below is a copy of the initial data breach letter issued by Laborers International Union of North America Local 1098:
We write to provide notification of a recent data breach. By providing this notice, Laborers International Union of North America Local 1098 (“LIUNA Local 1098”), located at 345 E. Morley Drive, Saginaw, MI 48601, does not waive any rights or defenses under Maine law, including the data breach notification statute.
On April 27, 2022, LIUNA Local 1098 discovered unusual activity in an employee’s email account. LIUNA Local 1098 immediately began an investigation, which included working with third-party specialists to determine the nature and scope of the activity. The investigation determined there was unauthorized access to the email account between February 27, 2022 and April 27, 2022. While LIUNA Local 1098 has no reason to believe any information was misused as a result of this incident, the investigation could not rule out access to certain information contained in the account. Therefore, in an abundance of caution, LIUNA Local 1098 reviewed the account to determine the type of information contained therein and to whom the information related. On July 5, 2022, LIUNA Local 1098 completed its review and began confirming address information for potentially impacted individuals.
On July 26, 2022, LIUNA Local 1098 provided written notice to individuals, which included approximately six Maine residents. The information potentially impacted for these residents included first and last name and Social Security number. A copy of the notice, which includes access to complimentary credit monitoring and identity protection services for 12 months is attached as Exhibit A. Additionally, in response to this incident, LIUNA Local 1098 changed email account passwords, implemented multi-factor authentication for account access, and reviewed its policies and procedures.