Data Breach Alert: Career Group, Inc. | Console and Associates, P.C.January 6, 2022
On August 6, 2021, the recruiting agency Career Group, Inc. (“Career Group”) experienced a data breach affecting the personal information of nearly 50,000 consumers. Later that month, on August 31, 2021, Career Group publicly announced that an unauthorized party accessed sensitive information, which included affected parties’ names and social security numbers. In an interesting turn of events, the unauthorized party subsequently informed Career Group that the data had been destroyed and was not further distributed to others. Given this recent news, all current and former employees of Career Group who were impacted by the breach are at an increased risk of experiencing identity theft or other financial losses related to the misuse of their personal information.
If you recently received a data breach letter from Career Group, it is essential that you treat the situation with the seriousness it deserves. Additionally, you may be eligible for financial compensation through a data breach lawsuit if evidence emerges that Career Group mishandled the data leading up to the breach.
Can Data Breach Victims Hold Career Group Financially Liable?
When you sought Career Group’s assistance to help you find a job or assist with the onboarding of a new employee, you never expected your decision would result in your personal information ending up in the hands of a total stranger. However, that is exactly what appears to have happened here.
Businesses like Career Group have an obligation to protect consumers’ personal, identifying and financial information. If a business does not safeguard consumers’ data, consumers can pursue a data breach lawsuit against the company. Of course, data breach and consumer privacy laws are quite complex, and it is too early to tell if Career Group’s negligence played a role in the data breach. However, our data breach law firm is currently investigating whether there is a possible class action data breach lawsuit against Career Group, Inc. If you have questions about your ability to bring a Career Group class action lawsuit, it is important you reach out to a data breach lawyer as soon as possible.
Protecting Yourself in the Wake of the Career Group Data Breach
If Career Group, Inc. sent you a data breach notification, the situation deserves your attention. This notice indicates that an unauthorized third party accessed your personal information. Why the third party sought out your data is unclear; however, often, cybercriminals hack systems to obtain information that can later be used to assume the identity of the victim. Other times, they sell the information to the highest bidder. Either way, the result is the same: your information ends up in the hands of a total stranger. While this doesn’t necessarily mean that you will be the victim of identity theft, it is a possibility you shouldn’t ignore. Thus, it is important that you take the following steps to protect yourself from identity theft and the…