Posted On March 24, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
March 24, 2022 – Recently, The Puerto Rican Organization to Motivate, Enlighten, and Serve Addicts, Inc. (“PROMESA”) announced, which does business under the name Acacia Network, reported a data breach stemming from unauthorized access to certain employee email accounts.
It is essential those who receive a data breach notification from Acacia Network understand what is at risk. The data breach lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. are actively investigating the Acacia Network 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 Acacia Network.
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 notice posted on the organization’s website, on July 17, 2020 Acacia determined that an unauthorized party gained access to certain employee email accounts between the dates of June 6, 2020 and June 12, 2020. In response, the organization conducted an investigation into the incident to learn what information may have been accessible through the affected email accounts.
While the compromised information varies by consumer, it may include your name, Social Security number, driver’s license number, address, date of birth, financial account number, medical record number or resident, identification number, health insurance information, Medicare number, provider name, treatment, prescription, and diagnostic information.
Acacia notes that not all programs were affected. However, information pertaining to clients of the following programs may have been accessible to the unauthorized party:
On February 22, 2022, Acacia Network began sending out data breach notification letters to all individuals whose information was compromised as a result of the recent data security incident.
Acacia Network is a New York City-based human services organization that provides services to more than 150,000 people each year. Acacia Network has more than 100 affiliates, 2,700 employees, and generates more than $327 million in annual revenue. The company offers housing services, healthcare services, education services and workforce development services. Under the Acacia Network umbrella are a multitude of smaller organizations that focus on providing services locally to specific groups of individuals.
When you allowed PROMESA access to your personal data, you trusted the company to keep your sensitive information safe. However, news of the PROMESA 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 Acacia Network breach is only in its beginning phases. For that reason, it is too early to tell if PROMESA was legally responsible for the breach. However, our data breach attorneys are investigating the Acacia Network 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 PROMESA, contact a data breach attorney as soon as possible.
If you receive a data breach notification from PROMESA 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 PROMESA 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.