Quest Diagnostics Announces Data Breach Affecting Thousands

Identity theft is a multi-billion dollar problem. Although many companies have responded to this threat appropriately, some continue to risk theft of the sensitive personal and medical information entrusted to them by consumers and patients. Unfortunately, it appears that Quest Diagnostics may have failed to adequately protect the sensitive patient information of thousands of people.

Quest Diagnostics recently announced via press release that “[o]n November 26, 2016 an unauthorized third party accessed the MyQuest by Care360® internet application and obtained Protected Health Information (PHI) of approximately 34,000 individuals.” In its press release, the company said the data accessed by the third party “included names, dates of birth, lab results and, in some instances, phone numbers.” As reported by the Los Angeles Times, company spokeswoman Kim Gorode has said that “[t]he breach affected 10,662 patients in California.”

Disclosure of personal information and medical information is unlawful, and the attorneys at Finkelstein, Blankinship, Frei-Pearson & Garber, LLP have successfully brought lawsuits on behalf of victims of such disclosures. If you are a customer of Quest Diagnostics and you believe your rights may have been violated, please contact us immediately to discuss your legal options.