California Class Action Lawyers Investigate College Tutors Data Breach • LegalScoops

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‣ Government-issued ID cards suspended
‣ Over 24,000 affected by data breach

On June 3, 2022, Varsity Tutors, LLC, based in St. Louis, Missouri (“Varsity Tutors”) began notifying data subjects of a data breach related to their government-issued photo ID. Above 24,000 employees or contractor tutors for the company could be affected by this violation.

According to Varsity Tutors, in late October 2021, the company was notified by an independent cyber researcher that some information held by Varsity Tutors may be publicly available. While Varsity Tutors says it fixed the issue, it acknowledged that it wasn’t able to rule out “unauthorized access or acquisition of certain files.” [. . . ] between November 1st and 6th, 2021.”

Additionally, according to Varsity Tutors, Varsity Tutors completed its internal investigation around May 11, 2022 and that government-issued photo IDs uploaded by Tutors into Varsity Tutors’ system were impacted by this event. Personal information that may be at risk includes full name, address, and driver’s license number or non-driver government ID number.

The full communication from Varsity Tutors can be viewed here.

Uni tutors did not start notifying affected people until nearly eight months after they were informed of the exposed data. Varsity Tutors is now belatedly offering free identity monitoring services to data subjects through Equifax for a year. The registration deadline for this service is set out in the notice.

For a free privacy consultation, fill out the form below or call us at 1-844-BREACH8 (1-844-273-2248).

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 driver’s license numbers and names, remain unencrypted and are accessed, stolen, or hacked because a company has failed in its obligation to implement and maintain adequate 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 Varsity Tutors and believe that your information may have been unduly compromised, you You may be entitled to between $100 and $750 or your actual damages, 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 that the court concludes is necessary to compensate victims of data breaches and prevent these damages from recurring.

For free information about your legal right to compensation, fill out the form below or call us at 1-844-BREACH8 (1-844-273-2248).

Since electronic personal data does not degrade, a year of identity theft services offered by university tutors may not be enough

Cybercrime presents an attractive target for hackers: data can be bought and sold anonymously, and the common rate per personal record is low (less than $20 per record, depending on the type of information, according to the 2021 Privacy Affairs Dark Web Index).

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. This is especially true for numbers that cannot be easily replaced, such as driver’s license numbers or social security numbers.

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 include:

  • You see unknown charges on your credit or debit cards
  • Claims are made by people using your driver’s license or ID card.
  • 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 income that you have not reported and do not recognize³
  • Your email address or phone number shows up on http://haveibeenpwned.com/ as part of a data breach

Personal information is incredibly valuable, both to businesses and to criminals looking to sell that information to identity thieves and other bootleggers on the dark web. “However, it is clear that many organizations need to improve their security competencies, training, practices and procedures to adequately protect consumers.”[1] The stakes are high: Victims of data breaches are more likely to be victims of additional fraud.[2]

We can help you exercise your legal rights

If you have received a data breach notice from Varsity Tutors and have seen indications that your personal information may have been compromised in that breach Privacy Breach and Class Action Lawyers can help you exercise your rights, evaluate your options, and decide if you are entitled to compensation under the CCPA and CCRA. There is no cost to you as we only get paid if we get our way.

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For free information about your legal right to compensation, fill out the form below or call us 1-844-BREACH8 (1-844-273-2248).

Privacy violation of the university tutors

[1] Source: K. Harris, Former Attorney General, California DOJ, California Data Breach Report 2012-2015 (2016).

[2] The same thing

April Strauss, Esq.

April M. Strauss, JD, CIPP/US, CIPP/E, CIPM, is an attorney with thirty years of litigation experience specializing in consumer class actions and privacy. For more information, please visit calprivacy.com

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