Q: employees for a non profit school, where they were negligent and emailed all w-2 info of employees to phishing scam.
The school apparently was scammed into believing the person requesting all w-2 info was administration. After involving state police have learned it was people in another country. Some employees are already reporting identity theft. I am so afraid that someone out there, knows everything about me including my SS#. I can't believe how they could let this happen. They have offered all employees who worked in 2015, an identity theft protection for a year. Is there laws in Rhode Island that would protect the employees, can I sue for the negligence of having my most private personal information exposed? Does there have to be damages? Can they be held accountable and have to pay damages, just for violation of employees privacy rights. I am so sick with anxiety and insomnia. Please help.
A: Basically, yes, there does have to be damages. At this point, you have no harm besides anxiety.
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