Touchstone Medical Imaging, LLC (“Touchstone) recently filed official documents with the State of Texas indicating that consumer information was compromised through what appears to be a data breach stemming from a systems outage the company experienced in December 2021. The data breach lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. are going to begin interviewing victims of the breach to determine what damages they sustained and what legal claims may be available to them. If you recently learned your information was compromised in the recent breach, reaching out to a data breach lawyer is the first step to understanding all of your options.
What We Know So Far About the Touchstone Medical Imaging Data Breach
Touchstone Medical Imaging is a provider of diagnostic imaging services based in Plano, TX. However, the company also provides imaging services for patients in Colorado, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Florida and Arkansas. Touchstone Medical Imaging provides the following services: MRIs, CT scans, PET/CT exams, Ultrasounds, women’s imaging, x-rays, arthrograms and myelograms.
According to a recent news report, towards the end of 2021, patients of Touchstone Medical Imaging who showed up for their appointments were told that the company’s “system was down.” Staff evidently also told patients that their appointments would be canceled. This caused concern among some patients, who worried that the system outage may impact their personal information.
In a subsequent statement, Touchstone Medical Imaging commented that “After a recent systems outage caused by a security incident, Touchstone Medical Imaging is back to scanning patients across all DFW locations.”
However, more recently, Touchstone filed notice of a data breach with the Attorney General of Texas, indicating that the information of as many as 46,779 Texas was compromised.
On or around February 22, 2022, Touchstone Medical Imaging began sending out data breach notification letters to all individuals whose information was contained in the affected files.
More About the Causes and Risks of Data Breaches
Often, data breaches are the result of a hacker gaining unauthorized access to a company’s computer systems with the intention of obtaining sensitive consumer information. While no one can know the reason why a hacker targeted Touchstone, it is common for hackers and other criminals to identify those companies believed to have weak data security systems or vulnerabilities in their networks.
Once a cybercriminal gains access to a computer network, they can then access and remove any data stored on the compromised servers. While in most cases a company experiencing a data breach can identify which files were accessible, there may be no way for the company to tell which files the hacker actually accessed or whether they removed any data
While the fact that your information was compromised in a data breach does not necessarily mean it will be used for criminal purposes, being the victim of a data breach puts your sensitive data in the hands of an unauthorized person. As a result, you are at an increased risk of identity theft and other frauds, and criminal use of your information is a possibility that should not be ignored.
Given this reality, individuals who receive a Touchstone Medical Imaging data breach notification should take the situation seriously and remain vigilant in checking for any signs of unauthorized activity. Businesses like Touchstone are responsible for protecting the consumer data in their possession. If evidence emerges that Touchstone failed to adequately protect your sensitive information, you may be eligible for financial compensation through a data breach lawsuit.
What Are Consumers’ Remedies in the Wake of the Touchstone Data Breach?
When customers decided to do business with Touchstone, they assumed that the company would take their privacy concerns seriously. And it goes without saying that consumers would think twice before giving a company access to their information if they knew it wasn’t going to be secure. Thus, data breaches such as this one raise questions about the adequacy of a company’s data security system.
When a business, government entity, non-profit organization, school, or any other organization accepts and stores consumer data, it also accepts a legal obligation to ensure this information remains private. The United States data breach laws allow consumers to pursue civil data breach claims against organizations that fail to protect their information.
Of course, given the recency of the Touchstone Medical Imaging data breach, the investigation into the incident is still in its early stages. And, as of right now, there is not yet any evidence suggesting Touchstone is legally responsible for the breach. However, that could change as additional information about the breach and its causes is revealed.
If you have questions about your ability to bring a data breach class action lawsuit against Touchstone Medical Imaging, reach out to a data breach attorney as soon as possible.
What Should You Do if You Receive a Touchstone Medical Imaging Data Breach Notification?
If Touchstone Medical Imaging sends you a data breach notification letter, you are among those whose information was compromised in the recent breach. While this isn’t a time to panic, the situation warrants your attention. Below are a few important steps you can take to protect yourself from identity theft and other fraudulent activity:
Identify What Information Was Compromised: The first thing to do after learning of a data breach is to carefully review the data breach letter sent. The letter will tell you what information of yours was accessible to the unauthorized party. Be sure to make a copy of the letter and keep it for your records. If you have trouble understanding the letter or what steps you can take to protect yourself, a data breach lawyer can help.
Limit Future Access to Your Accounts: Once you determine what information of yours was affected by the breach, the safest play is to assume that the hacker orchestrating the attack stole your data. While this may not be the case, it’s better to be safe than sorry. To prevent future access to your accounts, you should change all passwords and security questions for any online account. This includes online banking accounts, credit card accounts, online shopping accounts, and any other account containing your personal information. You should also consider changing your social media account passwords and setting up multi-factor authentication where it is available.
Protect Your Credit and Your Financial Accounts: After a data breach, companies often provide affected parties with free credit monitoring services. Signing up for the free credit monitoring offers some significant protections and doesn’t impact any of your rights to pursue a data breach lawsuit against the company if it turns out they were legally responsible for the breach. You should contact a credit bureau to request a copy of your credit report—even if you do not notice any signs of fraud or unauthorized activity. Adding a fraud alert to your account will provide you with additional protection.
Consider Implementing a Credit Freeze: A credit freeze prevents anyone from accessing your credit report. Credit freezes are free and stay in effect until you remove them. Once a credit freeze is in place, you can temporarily lift the freeze if you need to apply for any type of credit. While placing a credit freeze on your accounts may seem like overkill, given the risks involved, it’s justified. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center (“ITRC”), placing a credit freeze on your account is the “single most effective way to prevent a new credit/financial account from being opened.” However, just 3% of data breach victims place a freeze on their accounts.
- Regularly Monitor Your Credit Report and Financial Accounts: Protecting yourself in the wake of a data breach requires an ongoing effort on your part. You should regularly check your credit report and all financial account statements, looking for any signs of unauthorized activity or fraud. You should also call your banks and credit card companies to report the fact that your information was compromised in a data breach.