NOTICE OF DATA EVENT
Achievement Center of LECOM Health (ACLH) is providing notice of a recent data privacy event that may have affected certain personal information. ACLH is working to notify individuals whose data may have been improperly accessed as a result.
What Happened? On March 2, 2021, ACLH discovered suspicious activity in two of its business email accounts. ACLH immediately launched an investigation, with the assistance of third-party forensic specialists, to determine the nature and scope of the activity. This investigation determined that there was unauthorized access to one ACLH email account from July 30, 2020 to August 3, 2020 and another account from February 25, 2021 to March 2, 2021. In response, ACLH is providing this notice and mailing letters to identified staff and client families that may be impacted.
What Information Was Involved? The data analysis revealed that the types of information held by ACLH and potentially in one of the email accounts includes: demographic data ranging from name, address, date of birth, and/or social security number; clinical diagnosis, lab results, medication and/or other treatment information; and/or insurance information names, emails, and addresses.
What You Can Do. ACLH encourages individuals to review the information below related to “Steps Individuals Can Take to Help Protect Against Identity Theft and Fraud,” which provides detail on how to better protect against possible misuse of information. Affected individuals will also find guidance in the letters that we will send to them.
For More Information. Individuals who may have questions about the incident, may contact ACLH Privacy Officer, Cindy Bonniger at (814) 616-0505, Monday through Friday from 8am-6pm ET.
STEPS INDIVIDUALS CAN TAKE TO HELP PROTECT AGAINST IDENTITY THEFT AND FRAUD
Under U.S. law, a consumer is entitled to one free credit report annually from each of the three major credit reporting bureaus, Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. To order your free credit report, visit www.annualcreditreport.com or call, toll-free, 1-877-322-8228. You may also directly contact the three major credit reporting bureaus listed below to request a free copy of your credit report.
Consumers have the right to place an initial or extended “fraud alert” on a credit file at no cost. An initial fraud alert is a 1-year alert that is placed on a consumer’s credit file. Upon seeing a fraud alert display on a consumer’s credit file, a business is required to take steps to verify the consumer’s identity before extending new credit. If you are a victim of identity theft, you are entitled to an extended fraud alert, which is a fraud alert lasting seven years. Should you wish to place a fraud alert, please contact any one of the three major credit reporting bureaus listed below.
As an alternative to a fraud alert, consumers have the right to place a “credit freeze” on a credit report, which will prohibit a credit bureau from releasing information in the credit report without the consumer’s express authorization. The credit freeze is designed to prevent credit, loans, and services from being approved in your name without your consent. However, you should be aware that using a credit freeze to take control over who gets access to the personal and financial information in your credit report may delay, interfere with, or prohibit the timely approval of any subsequent request or application you make regarding a new loan, credit, mortgage, or any other account involving the extension of credit. Pursuant to federal law, you cannot be charged to place or lift a credit freeze on your credit report. To request a security freeze, you will need to provide the following information:
Should you wish to place a fraud alert or credit freeze, please contact the three major credit reporting bureaus listed below:
|Equifax Fraud Alert, P.O. Box 105069 Atlanta, GA 30348-5069||Experian Fraud Alert, P.O. Box 9554, Allen, TX 75013||TransUnion Fraud Alert, P.O. Box 2000, Chester, PA 19016|
|Equifax Credit Freeze, P.O. Box 105788 Atlanta, GA 30348-5788||Experian Credit Freeze, P.O. Box 9554, Allen, TX 75013||TransUnion Credit Freeze, P.O. Box 160, Woodlyn, PA 19094|
You may further educate yourself regarding identity theft, fraud alerts, credit freezes, and the steps you can take to protect your personal information by contacting the consumer reporting bureaus, the Federal Trade Commission, or your state Attorney General. The Federal Trade Commission may be reached at: 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20580; www.identitytheft.gov; 1-877-ID-THEFT (1-877-438-4338); and TTY: 1-866-653-4261. The Federal Trade Commission also encourages those who discover that their information has been misused to file a complaint with them. You can obtain further information on how to file such a complaint by way of the contact information listed above. You have the right to file a police report if you ever experience identity theft or fraud. Please note that in order to file a report with law enforcement for identity theft, you will likely need to provide some proof that you have been a victim. Instances of known or suspected identity theft should also be reported to law enforcement and your state Attorney General. This notice has not been delayed by law enforcement.