Forever 21: A Cryptic Response Raises Questions
Did Forever 21 pay a hefty ransom to protect your data? The popular retailer recently sent out a breach notification letter, assuring its customers that they have taken necessary steps to prevent further access and disclosure of their personal information. However, this ambiguous statement has only fueled speculation about the company’s actions. After all, history tells us that simply cutting off unauthorized parties doesn’t guarantee our data won’t be exposed again.
Neglected Advice: Protecting Your Health Information
While Forever 21 provides details about credit monitoring and identity theft services for potential victims, one crucial piece of advice is missing from their notification letter. They fail to mention the importance of obtaining copies of PHI (protected health information) from healthcare providers. This step is vital in ensuring that stolen data isn’t exploited for accessing healthcare or obtaining prescription drugs under innocent individuals’ names. By neglecting this advice, Forever 21 leaves us wondering if they truly have our best interests at heart when it comes to safeguarding our sensitive information.
Did Forever 21 forget to mention an important detail regarding the recent data breach? It’s possible that no protected health information was compromised, but what if the company conveniently left out this crucial information? If the external system breach exposed data related to premium calculations or payments made for individuals’ treatments, it becomes more likely that affected individuals were not informed about the potential risk.
Deadline Looms as Forever 21 Remains Silent
As of now, Forever 21 has yet to report the data breach to HHS’ Office for Civil Rights. However, digging deeper into the details reveals a curious timeline. The Maine Attorney General’s website indicates that the breach was discovered on August 4, 2023. This means that the company has until October 3, 2023, to notify the agency if there was any exposure of protected health information and if the external system breach qualifies as a HIPAA data breach. With time running out, questions arise about why Forever 21 has remained silent thus far.