Data Breaches are a Threat to All Generations
An array of recent news stories reminds us how data breaches have become an all-too-common fact of life – threatening older adults, working families and even kids. Here are a few examples from recent headlines:
Wawa, a convenience store chain, has announced plans to compensate customers for a 2019 data breach that compromised payment card data of millions. Under the plan, consumers who shopped at Wawa between March 4, 2019 and December 12, 2019 may file claims of up to $500 if they can prove they lost money due to the breach. Wawa is also offering $5 gift cards to consumers who did not lose money – if they attest that the breach caused them to spend time monitoring their accounts.
All claims must be submitted either online or through the mail by Nov. 29. The address for mail-in claims:
Wawa Consumer Data Settlement
P.O. Box 43502
Providence, RI 02940-3502
For further information, you may email Wawa: info@WawaConsumerDataSettlement.com. Or contact them by phone: 1-610-642-5708.
In another wake-up call, the Dallas Independent School District reported a data breach potentially affecting students, parents and staff members going back to 2010. Names, addresses, birth dates, Social Security numbers, salary information and student grades were potentially exposed.
School officials said they have launched an investigation and taken new steps to safeguard people’s information. While the personal data has not been linked to fraud, officials said they could not be “100 percent certain” it was safe.
The biggest breach in recent news hit T-Mobile, the large wireless carrier, potentially exposing personal data of millions of consumers. [Early accounts were that 100 million consumers could be affected but T-Mobile later placed the figure at 53 million.]
At least three class-action lawsuits have been filed against T-Mobile. The lawsuits accuse the company of negligence and are demanding trials by jury. Customer names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, phone numbers and driver’s licenses potentially have been exposed to criminals.