90 Degree Benefits Wisconsin Confirms Recent Data Breach Leaked Consumers’ Personal Data

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Recently, 90 Degree Benefits Wisconsin reported a data breach following a data security incident involving the company’s IT systems. According to the 90 Degree Benefits, the breach resulted in the names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, phone numbers, addresses, and health information of certain consumers being compromised. On June 9, 2022, 90 Degree Benefits filed official notice of the breach, sent out data breach notification letters and issued a press release explaining the incident and what affected parties can do to protect themselves in its wake.

If you received a data breach notification, it is essential you understand what is at risk and what you can do about it. To learn more about how to protect yourself from becoming a victim of fraud or identity theft and what your legal options are in the wake of the 90 Degree Benefits data breach, please see our recent piece on the topic here.

What We Know About the 90 Degree Benefits Data Breach

According to the notice posted on the company’s website, around February 7, 2022, 90 Degree Benefits detected a data security incident after employees noticed that certain systems were disrupted. In response, the company launched an investigation into the incident with the assistance of independent digital forensics experts. The investigation confirmed that an unauthorized party had gained access to the 90 Degree Benefits system, including certain files containing consumers’ personal information.

Upon discovering that sensitive consumer data was accessible to an unauthorized party, 90 Degree Benefits then reviewed the affected files to determine exactly what information was compromised. While the breached information varies depending on the individual, it may include your name, date of birth, Social Security number, phone number, address, and health information.

On June 9, 2022, 90 Degree Benefits issued a press release explaining the breach. That same day, the company issued data breach notification letters to all affected parties.

More Information About 90 Degree Benefits Wisconsin

90 Degree Benefits Wisconsin is the Wisconsin division of 90 Degree Benefits, a health benefits company based in Birmingham, Alabama. 90 Degree Benefits works with employers to create customized health benefits packages for employees. The company offers a wide range of various plans, including traditional self-funded plans, level-funded plans, consumer-driven health plans, and minimum essential benefits plans. As a whole, 90 Degree Benefits employs more than 170 people and generates approximately $158 million in annual revenue.

Could 90 Degree Benefits Be Financially Liable for the Recent Data Breach?

It’s still too early to determine if 90 Degree Benefits bears any responsibility for the recent breach; however, as a general rule, companies that negligently handle the consumer data in their possession can be held accountable through a data breach lawsuit.

In most cases, consumers affected by a breach band together and bring a class action data breach lawsuit against the company they believe mishandled their information. Most of these data breach lawsuits are brought under the legal concept of negligence. Thus, if a company’s negligence contributed to the breach, the company may be liable for any resulting harm. The harms of a data breach vary widely based on the data types leaked in the breach, with the most common harm being identity theft and other frauds being committed against the victim. However, courts do not necessarily require a victim to suffer identity theft to proceed with a lawsuit against a company.

However, to successfully hold a business liable for a breach, the victims must prove that the company was in some way negligent. There are several ways a company’s negligence can lead to a data breach, including:

  • A company fails to follow the best practices when handling consumer data;

  • A business’s data security system is outdated or is ineffective at preventing known threats;

  • A company inadvertently sends consumer information to unauthorized parties; or

  • An organization fails to adequately train employees about the risk of email phishing attacks.

These are just a few examples of negligence in the data breach context. Given the technical knowledge necessary to determine if a company was, in fact, negligent, victims are encouraged to reach out to a data breach lawyer for assistance in understanding their rights and pursuing the available remedies.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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