Dental Care Alliance Data Breach $3 Million Class Action Settlement

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Dental Care Alliance has agreed to pay $3 million to resolve claims that it failed to protect consumers from a data breach.

The settlement benefits individuals who were notified of the Dental Care Alliance data breach in October 2020, December 2020, or April 2021. This includes a subcategory of individuals whose notice included their social security number, information about their financial account, bank account data and/or driver’s license. number were potentially affected by the data breach.

Dental Care Alliance is a third-party support provider for over 320 dental practices in 20 states. In December 2020, the provider began notifying its customers that it had experienced a nearly month-long data breach from September 18 to October 13, 2020. The breach allegedly affected health information, payment card information, health insurance data and even social security numbers. of 1 million patients.

Affected dental patients soon filed a lawsuit against Dental Care Alliance, arguing that the company failed in its duty to protect patient information from third-party hackers.

Plaintiffs in the Dental Care Alliance class action claim the data breach could have been avoided with reasonable cybersecurity measures. Instead, the company allegedly retained private information in a “reckless manner” that left systems vulnerable to cyberattacks.

“Plaintiffs and Class Members are now at heightened risk of identity theft due to Defendant’s negligent conduct since the private information Defendant collected and maintained is now in the hands of data thieves,” claims the data breach class action lawsuit.

Dental Care Alliance has not admitted any wrongdoing, but has agreed to resolve these claims with a $3 million settlement.

Under the terms of the settlement, class members can receive up to $2,000 for documented losses resulting from the data breach. This includes up to two hours of lost time at a rate of $20 per hour.

Class members are also eligible for another $3,000 payment for additional losses if they are part of the settlement subclass. This additional payment includes two additional hours of lost time at a rate of $20 per hour.

All group members are eligible for two free years of Identity Guard – an identity theft protection program that provides data breach notifications, dark web monitoring and identity theft insurance. ‘one million dollars. Class Members may have received an Activation Code in their Notice of Settlement, but may need to submit a claim to receive these benefits.

Dental Care Alliance has agreed to enhance its data security measures as part of the settlement, although details of those enhancements are not made public.

The opt-out and objection deadline has passed on July 26, 2022.

The final settlement approval hearing is scheduled for September 1, 2022.

In order to receive payment and other settlement benefits, Class Members must submit a valid Claim Form by August 25, 2022.

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