identity breachDebt topped the list of consumer concerns in Illinois last year. Seconding this concern is identity theft, including rampant data breaches, stolen credit card numbers and social security digits. 2014 was the year of the data breach, with major players such as Neiman Marcus, Albertsons & SuperValu, Dairy Queen, Home Depot, Sony, UPS and many others falling prey to widespread breaches.

Illinois law firms and attorneys, like those from, say this concern is almost close to ousting the first one, as it is garnering more attention today. In light of previous massive data breaches, it is clearer than ever that much more must be done to protect sensitive data. Nobody deserves the risk of having their personal information and privacy compromised.

Personal Information Protection

Recent proposition calls for the updating of a law that required notification to consumers of data breaches involving their driver’s license numbers, social security numbers or financial account information. It’s no longer a matter of “if”, but “when” their personal data are under the threat of attack and compromising situation.

It’s highly unlikely that there is still a person living in the US who has not been somehow victimized by a data breach. The proposed update aims to widen the scope of personal information under protection to include medical and insurance information, biometric data, geolocation information and login credentials for online accounts, among others.

Legal Steps and Notifications

Companies and other groups facing threat on consumer information are to take reasonable steps to protect personal information. While those that have been victimized by widespread data breaches should notify the attorney general’s office, so they can create an online list of breaching incidents that affect Illinois residents.

Our protection is insufficient and response from companies that collect and store our personal information is unacceptable. The number, scale and scope of data breaches over the past year is alarming. And although the number of formal complaints in Illinois dropped, identity theft has been named second biggest concern in the state for two consecutive years now.