Abington Cole + Ellery is currently conducting a class action investigation regarding a confirmed Federal Emergency Management Agency ("FEMA") data security incident. The the data security incident may have affected up to 2.5 million survivors of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria and the 2017 California wildfires who participated in FEMA’s Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program.
The Office of Inspector General for the Dept. of Homeland Security confirmed that FEMA unnecessarily shared sensitive personal data of approximately 2.5 million disaster victims who participated in FEMA's TSA program with an undisclosed government contractor. The release of the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and Sensitive Personally Identifiable Information (SPII) makes the owners of that information more vulnerable to potential identity theft and fraud.
When applying for FEMA disaster assistance, applicants are required to provide PII and SPII. The Privacy Act of 1974 (the Act) protects individuals by ensuring personal information collected by Federal agencies is limited to what is legally authorized and necessary. FEMA released unnecessary PII and SPII for approximately 2.5 million disaster survivors to its contractor in direct violation of Federal requirements.
If you believe you are a victim of the FEMA data security breach, and would like to participate in a class action lawsuit regarding this data security breach, please submit your information via the form on this webpage.