Posted On February 25, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
February 25, 2022 – Recently, the Oklahoma City Police Department confirmed that DNA Solutions, Inc., the company the department relied on to conduct DNA testing, experienced a data breach. As a result, the personal information of certain sexual assault victims was compromised. 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 DNA Solutions, Inc.
According to a local news report, the Oklahoma City Police Department released a statement confirming a data breach at a DNA lab the department previously used to process rape kits. A representative with the Oklahoma City Police Department explained, “DNA Solutions Inc. determined that an unauthorized third party accessed their network and may have compromised certain sensitive personal and health related information from sexual assault kits sent to them for forensic testing.”
Evidently, the data breach at DNA Solutions, Inc. occurred in November of 2021, however, the Oklahoma City Police Department was only recently made aware that the breach involved data pertaining to survivors of sexual assault. Shortly after the breach, DNA Solutions indicated that the compromised data “did not include social security numbers, driver’s license information, or financial information” and that the company had notified all affected parties.
DNA Solutions, Inc. is a laboratory located within the University Research Park Campus in Oklahoma City, OK. The company performs paternity and forensic testing on human DNA, as well as sire confirmation, genotype registries, DNA banking and forensic identification in animals.
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 DNA Solutions, Inc. breach is only in its beginning phases. For that reason, it is too early to tell if DNA Solutions was legally responsible for the breach. However, our data breach attorneys are investigating the DNA Solutions, Inc. 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 DNA Solutions, contact a data breach attorney as soon as possible.
If you receive a data breach notification from DNA Solutions 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 DNA Solutions 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.