February 24, 2022 – Recently, Priority Health announced that an unauthorized party accessed several customer accounts, gaining access to their personal and health 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 Priority Health.
According to a notice posted on the Priority Health website, on December 16, 2021, the company discovered that an unauthorized party accessed several Priority Health Member Portal (PHMP) accounts. After conducting an investigation into the incident, Priority Health learn that between November 24, 2021 and December 16, 2021, the unauthorized party could have accessed certain individuals’ names, dates of birth, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, insurance information, claims information and limited medical information.
Subsequently, Priority Health announced it will be sending out data breach notification letters to all individuals whose information was contained in the affected files. The company also posted notice of the breach on its website.
Priority Health is a nonprofit health benefits company providing coverage to over one million residents across the State of Michigan. Recently, Priority Health was named as the fastest-growing health plan in Michigan. The company provides individual, employer-sponsored, Medicare and Medicaid plans. Priority health has been in business for over 30 years and employs more than 1,600 people.
When you allowed Priority Health access to your personal data, you trusted the company to keep your sensitive information safe. However, news of the Priority Health 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 Priority Health breach is only in its beginning phases. For that reason, it is too early to tell if Priority Health was legally responsible for the breach. However, our data breach attorneys are investigating the Priority Health 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 Priority Health, contact a data breach attorney as soon as possible.
If you receive a data breach notification from Priority Health 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 Priority Health 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.