The Department of Defense has been slapped with a $4.9 billion class action lawsuit for allegedly violating the privacy rights of TRICARE data breach victims whose personal information was stored on tapes stolen from an employee in September.

A military family filed the suit on behalf of 4.9 million victims—former and current military personnel and their families—who still don’t know if their information was on the stolen tapes. The breach victims also have not been offered any fraud and credit monitoring services or identity theft resolution services.

When asked if the victim’s information was stolen, Jeremiah Frei-Pearson, an attorney involved in the case, told the Army Times, “Based on what’s been released, it’s likely, but no one knows. And isn’t that ridiculous, after a month, no one knows if their information was stolen?”

When you’ve done business with a company or institution that reports a data breach, you could be at risk for identity theft. Check with your insurer or bank, which may provide LifeStages™ Identity Management Services from Identity Theft 911. Or contact us directly.

To learn more about how to protect yourself after a data breach, read these tips.

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