T-Mobile Data Breach Affects California Residents

2021-08-19 17:30:00
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NOTICE: If you are a California resident and received notice that you were involved in the data breach, contact the Arnold Law Firm at (916) 777-7777 to discuss your legal options, or submit a confidential Case Evaluation form here.

Man holding cell phone On August 18, 2021, T-Mobile announced a data breach that exposed private information belonging to over 40 million former and prospective T-Mobile customers, some of whom are California residents. Hackers gained access to information that T-Mobile collected from people as part of a credit check. It is possible that your information was compromised if you applied for T-Mobile service - even if you don’t currently have, or ended up not obtaining, service from T-Mobile.

T-Mobile is offering two years of free identity protection services. The best way to protect yourself after a data breach is to sign up for identity protection services as soon as possible. California offers extra protections and legal rights to its residents through the California Consumer Privacy Act.

NOTICE: If you are a California resident and received notice that you were involved in the data breach, contact the Arnold Law Firm at (916) 777-7777 to discuss your legal options, or submit a confidential Case Evaluation form here.

What Information is Involved?

According to T-Mobile, the following information was affected:

  • Social Security Number
  • First and last names
  • Dates of birth
  • Driver’s license numbers
  • Other personal identifiers (military IDs, passport numbers)
  • Prepaid customer data including: account PINs, first and last names, phone numbers

This information is called your Personally Identifiable Information (“PII”). It tells others about you and is considered part of your identity. Businesses are required to secure this information or risk facing statutory penalties, among other legal penalties. Stolen PII can be used by identity thieves to engage in fraudulent activity using your identity.

In response to the incident, T-Mobile began an investigation into the leak, which is still ongoing. T-Mobile learned of this data breach when they received a tip that someone was selling private information on an online forum. T-Mobile confirmed that the data came from their servers and that they have since fixed the issue that allowed hackers to gain access to its servers.

T-Mobile is a telecommunications company that most notably offers cellphone service in the United States. It is owned by German telecommunications company Deutsche Telekom AG and has a global presence. At this time, this data breach appears to have impacted people in the United States only.

NOTICE: If you are a California resident and received notice that you were involved in the data breach, contact the Arnold Law Firm at (916) 777-7777 to discuss your legal options, or submit a confidential Case Evaluation form here.