Data Breaches:
Know Your Rights

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In this film, we explore how a typical consumer may respond to a data breach notification. We've been tracking data breaches since 2005. In most states, businesses are required by law to notify individuals when a data breach compromises personal information that is likely to lead to financial identity theft and many companies voluntarily disclose breaches when not required by law.

If a company you do business with leaks your data, our first piece of advice is not to panic. A data leak does not

necessarily mean that you will become a victim of identity theft.

The next step is to figure out what type of information was breached. If your Social Security number was exposed, you are at risk for new account fraud. If your credit or debit card number was compromised, you are at risk for existing account fraud. Leaked names and email addresses may be used for spear phishing.

Learn what actions you should take depending on the data breached by reading PRC's Fact Sheet 17b: How to Deal with a Security Breach.