On June 15, 2022, ADM Associates, Inc., based in Sacramento, California, reported a data breach to the California Attorney’s Office. ADM, which provides ratings for energy efficiency and demand response programs, says in its official data breach notice that the recent incident could affect the privacy of some individuals’ personal information.
According to ADM, on September 13, 2021, the company “identified a cyber event that had an impact [its] internal systems.” Upon investigation, ADM said that between August 15 and September 15, 2021, an unauthorized person may have accessed and/or acquired certain information from its systems. The company’s internal investigation was completed on or about March 2022. Compromised files may have already been notified by the company.
ADM’s full notice is available for review here.
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Special California laws protect you
California has laws that specifically protect your personal information.
- That California Customer Records Act(CCRA) requires businesses to establish and maintain appropriate security procedures and practices to protect consumers’ personal information. Businesses must also notify affected California consumers promptly and without undue delay.
- That California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) provides many safeguards for the personal information of California residents, including implementing and maintaining appropriate security procedures.
When certain types of personally identifiable information, such as social security numbers and names, remain unencrypted and are accessed, stolen, or hacked because a company has failed in its obligation to implement and maintain appropriate security, an affected California resident may sue to protect their information Rights under the CCPA and CCRA.
If you are a California resident and have received a recent notice of a data breach from ADM You may be entitled to between $100 and $750 or your actual damage, whichever is greater.
Participants in data breach lawsuits may seek damages, injunctive relief (to ensure the company has adequate security practices in place to protect consumer data from re-leakage) and anything else the court concludes is necessary to indemnify and prevent victims of data breaches, that this damage will be repeated.
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Cybercrime presents an attractive target for hackers: data can be bought and sold anonymously, and the common rate per personal record is under $20 per record, depending on the type of information, according to the 2021 Privacy Affairs Dark Web Index. Certain critical types Personal information — like social security numbers, names, and dates of birth — is nearly impossible to change.
Thieves may choose to wait years to capitalize on compromised personal information. The longer cyber thieves can remain undetected, the more they profit from their illegal activities.
Once you know that your information has been exposed, it is reasonable to fear that your information will be used to cause you significant financial loss. Compromised data also increases the risk of hacking, phishing and increased fear of future loss and identity theft.
Signs that your identity has been stolen contain:
- You see unknown charges on your credit or debit cards
- You have bank withdrawals that you cannot account for
- You receive medical bills for services that you did not receive
- You are called by debt collectors for debts that do not belong to you
- Shops do not accept your personal checks
- You will no longer receive invoices that you normally receive in the mail
- You will receive notice from this IRS that (1) more than one tax return has been filed in your name, or (2) you have undeclared and undeclared income
- Your email address or phone number shows up on http://haveibeenpwned.com/ as part of a data breach
Personal data is incredibly valuable, but “it is clear that many organizations need to improve their security capabilities, training, practices and procedures to adequately protect consumers.” The stakes are high: Victims of data breaches are more likely to be victims of additional fraud.
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 Source: K. Harris, Former Attorney General, California DOJ, California Data Breach Report 2012-2015 (2016).
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April M. Strauss, JD, CIPP/US, CIPP/E, CIPM, is an attorney with 30 years of litigation experience specializing in consumer class actions and privacy. For more information, please visit calprivacy.com