Data breaches have been a frequent news item in recent months. However, few consumers understand the very real risks these data security events present. A data breach occurs when an unauthorized party gains access to a company’s computer networks that contain sensitive information about consumers. While there are many ways in which hackers or other criminal actors can orchestrate a data breach, they are often the result of a person hacking into a company’s network, either removing data or installing harmful software on the network.
News of the Day Lee Foods data breach is very recent, and the investigation is still in its early stages. However, the breach raises legitimate concerns about Day Lee Foods’ efforts to keep consumer data safe from cybercriminals. If it turns out that Day-Lee Foods failed to ensure adequate security measures designed to protect consumer privacy, affected parties may be eligible for financial compensation.
Attorney Richard Console explains, “It’s easy to place all the blame for a data breach on the person who hacks into an organization’s system; however, this ignores the legal and moral obligation that these companies owe to customers. When someone gives a company their business, they trust that the information in the organization’s possession will remain private—and out of the hands of criminals. While protecting consumer data requires a business to undergo some effort and expense, in our current environment of widespread hacking, this is a cost of doing business that all organizations must take seriously.”
According to the most recent filings by Day-Lee Foods, Inc., on January 7, 2021, the company reported that it experienced a data security event. However, many details about the breach are not yet known. The company has confirmed, however, that the affected parties’ Social Security numbers were compromised as a result of the breach.
Subsequently, Day-Lee Foods, Inc. began sending out written notice of the breach to all affected parties, describing what occurred and informing employees on what they could do to protect themselves. While Day-Lee Foods cannot confirm that any of the compromised data was used by the unauthorized party, the company encourages those who received a data breach letter to keep a lookout for any signs of identity theft, fraud, or other unauthorized activity by closely monitoring their online accounts and credit reports.
Those receiving a data breach letter from Day Lee Foods should take the following steps to protect themselves:
1.) Carefully review the letter sent by Day-Lee Foods;
2.) Retain a copy of the data breach notification letter;
3.) Enroll in the free credit monitoring service provided by Day-Lee Foods;
4.) Change all passwords and security questions to online accounts;
5.) Frequently review all credit card and bank account statements for any signs of fraud or unauthorized activity;
6.) Monitor credit reports for any unexpected changes or signs of identity theft;
7.) Contact a credit bureau to request a temporary fraud alert; and
8.) Notify all banks and credit card companies of the data breach.
To learn more about this data breach, please visit https://www.myinjuryattorney.com/data-breach-alert-day-lee-foods-inc/.
Console & Associates P.C. is dedicated to protecting consumers’ privacy interests. The firm investigates all types of data breaches, ransomware attacks and other network intrusions to determine the legal rights of consumers who trusted corporations with their sensitive information. Consumers can reach Console & Associates, P.C. through the firm’s website at https://www.myinjuryattorney.com/consumer-privacy-data-breach-lawyers/.
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