Suncoast Skin Solutions Notifies Clients of Data Security Incident
Suncoast Skin Solutions (“Suncoast”) has become aware of an incident that may have exposed some limited patient data, including names, dates of birth, clinical information, and other limited treatment information. Suncoast takes its patients’ privacy very seriously and has taken steps to notify any patients who may have been affected by this incident. Suncoast sincerely regrets any inconvenience that this incident may cause and remains dedicated to protecting patients’ personal information.
What Happened: On July 14, 2021, Suncoast discovered that some of its systems were encrypted by an unknown party. Suncoast acted quickly to prevent the encryption of all of its systems. Suncoast promptly hired a specialized cybersecurity firm to conduct a forensics investigation to determine the nature and scope of the compromise. The forensic investigation concluded on October 14, 2021. Suncoast then did a preliminary review of their systems to determine if patient information was potentially compromised that concluded on November 8, 2021. Meanwhile, Suncoast is engaging a third party vendor to review the impacted systems in an effort to identify specific individuals whose information may have been impacted.
What Information Was Involved: Personal data including patients’ name, date of birth, clinical information, doctor’s notes, and other limited treatment information may have been viewed by an unauthorized individual. At this time, Suncoast has no reason to believe that any personal information of Suncoast’s patients has been misused as a result of this incident. Out of an abundance of caution, Suncoast notified the patients potentially impacted by the incident.
What We Are Doing: In response to this incident, Suncoast has taken the following steps: engaging a third party vendor to review its cyber security procedures and transferring all of its patient data to an encrypted system.
What You Can Do: Upon discovery of this incident, Suncoast is in the process of obtaining complimentary credit monitoring for certain impacted individuals. Suncoast will contact you by mail if your information was impacted and you are entitled to credit monitoring. Meanwhile, Suncoast refers you to the Additional Important Information section of this letter, which provides you with further information to obtain your credit report, place fraud alerts and freeze your credit.
Suncoast sincerely regrets any inconvenience that this incident may cause to its clients and remains dedicated to protecting their information.
Additional Important Information
For residents of Hawaii, Michigan, Missouri, Virginia, Vermont, and North Carolina: It is recommended by state law that you remain vigilant for incidents of fraud and identity theft by reviewing credit card account statements and monitoring your credit report for unauthorized activity.
For residents of Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, Oregon, and West Virginia:
It is required by state laws to inform you that you may obtain a copy of your credit report, free of charge, whether or not you suspect any unauthorized activity on your account. You may obtain a free copy of your credit report from each of the three nationwide credit reporting agencies. To order your free credit report, please visit www.annualcreditreport.com, or call toll-free at 1-877-322-8228. You can also order your annual free credit report by mailing a completed Annual Credit Report Request Form (available at https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0155-free-credit-reports) to: Annual Credit Report Request Service, P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, GA, 30348-5281.
For residents of Iowa:
State law advises you to report any suspected identity theft to law enforcement or to the Attorney General.
For residents of Oregon:
State laws advise you to report any suspected identity theft to law enforcement, including the Attorney General, and the Federal Trade Commission.
For residents of Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia, Maryland, Rhode Island, Illinois, New York, and North Carolina:
You can obtain information from the Offices of the Attorney General and the Federal Trade Commission about fraud alerts, security freezes, and steps you can take toward preventing identity theft.
Maryland Office of the Attorney General Consumer Protection Division 200, St. Paul Place Baltimore, MD 21202 1-888-743-0023 www.oag.state.md.us
Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General Consumer Protection 150 South Main Street, Providence RI 02903 1-401-274-4400 www.riag.ri.gov
North Carolina Office of the Attorney General Consumer Protection Division, 9001 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699-9001 1-877-566-7226 www.ncdoj.com
Federal Trade Commission Consumer Response Center, 600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Washington, DC 20580 1-877-IDTHEFT (438-4338) www.ftc.gov/idtheft
New York Office of Attorney General Consumer Frauds & Protection, The Capitol Albany, NY 12224 1-800-771-7755 https://ag.ny.gov/consumer-frauds/identity-theft
Colorado Office of the Attorney General Consumer Protection 1300 Broadway, 9th Floor, Denver, CO 80203 1-720-508-6000 www.coag.gov
Arizona Office of the Attorney General Consumer Protection & Advocacy Section, 2005 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004 1-602-542-5025
Illinois Office of the Attorney General Consumer Protection Division 100 W Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601 1-800-243-0618 www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov
District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General – Office of Consumer Protection: 400 6th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001; 202-727-3400; www.oag.dc.gov
For residents of Massachusetts: It is required by state law that you are informed of your right to obtain a police report if you are a victim of identity theft
For residents of all states:
Fraud Alerts: You can place fraud alerts with the three credit bureaus by phone and online with Equifax (https://assets.equifax.com/assets/personal/Fraud_Alert_Request_Form.pdf);TransUnion (https://www.transunion.com/fraud-alerts); or Experian (https://www.experian.com/fraud/center.html). A fraud alert tells creditors to follow certain procedures, including contacting you, before they open any new accounts or change your existing accounts. For that reason, placing a fraud alert can protect you, but also may delay you when you seek to obtain credit. As of September 21, 2018, initial fraud alerts last for one year. Victims of identity theft can also get an extended fraud alert for seven years. The phone numbers for all three credit bureaus are at the bottom of this page.
Monitoring: You should always remain vigilant and monitor your accounts for suspicious or unusual activity.
Security Freeze: You also have the right to place a security freeze on your credit report. A security freeze is intended to prevent credit, loans, and services from being approved in your name without your consent. To place a security freeze on your credit report, you need to make a request to each consumer reporting agency. You may make that request by certified mail, overnight mail, regular stamped mail, or by following the instructions found at the websites listed below. The following information must be included when requesting a security freeze (note that if you are requesting a credit report for your spouse or a minor under the age of 16, this information must be provided for him/her as well): (1) full name, with middle initial and any suffixes; (2) Social Security number; (3) date of birth; (4) current address and any previous addresses for the past five years; and (5) any applicable incident report or complaint with a law enforcement agency or the Registry of Motor Vehicles. The request must also include a copy of a government-issued identification card and a copy of a recent utility bill or bank or insurance statement. It is essential that each copy be legible, display your name and current mailing address, and the date of issue. As of September 21, 2018, it is free to place, lift, or remove a security freeze. You may also place a security freeze for children under the age of 16. You may obtain a free security freeze by contacting any one or more of the following national consumer reporting agencies:
Equifax Security Freeze
P.O. Box 105788
Atlanta, GA 30348
Experian Security Freeze
P.O. Box 9554
Allen, TX 75013
P.O. Box 2000
Chester, PA 19022
More information can also be obtained by contacting the Federal Trade Commission listed above.