Inadvertent Data Disclosure
On March 19, 2019, senior leadership of the Archdiocese of Chicago were informed that on March 14 an email containing a spreadsheet listing all current and a substantial number of former religious and lay employees’ and Archdiocesan priests' names, birth dates, and Social Security Numbers was inadvertently sent to parish business administrators.
As soon as senior Archdiocesan leadership learned of this matter, they immediately began an investigation and activated a corrective action plan. While we have no evidence that this data has been shared beyond the parish business administrators, the protection and safeguarding of your personal information is of the utmost importance to us. Therefore, out of an abundance of caution, the Archdiocese is providing all affected individuals with free pro-active credit monitoring services through LifeLock Defender™ for one year from the date of your enrollment. This inadvertent disclosure could affect individuals who were employed by the Archdiocese of Chicago during 2007 and after.
Please see details below regarding how to enroll in LifeLock, how to monitor your credit ratings and other information. We take this matter very seriously and regret any concern this situation has caused you. We are committed to keeping your personal information safe and holding ourselves accountable.
Free Credit Monitoring Services Available to You
To enroll in the LifeLock Defender™ Services at no charge to you, please review the following options:
- Call 1-800-899-0180 or visit https://store.lifelock.com/enrollment?promocode= ADOC2019 to enroll.
- Use the promotion code: ADOC2019 when prompted as well as your Member ID.
- Your Member ID is your first name last name plus 5-digit zip code for your home address (Example. JOHNNORTON12345). If you are a former employee, you will need to provide the ZIP Code of your address during the time of your employment.
Please note that you must enroll in the LifeLock Defender™ Services on or before May 28, 2019 in order to be eligible for this service.
In addition to enrolling with LifeLock, we recommend you consider contacting all of the three major credit bureaus using the information below to place a fraud alert and/or credit freeze on your credit report. This can help prevent unauthorized accounts from being opened in your name.
- Equifax Fraud Alert: (888) 766-0008 or www.fraudalerts.equifax.com.
- Equifax Freeze: (800) 685-1111 or www.equifax.com/personal/credit-report-services/
- The address for Equifax is: P.O. Box 105788, Atlanta, GA 30348-5788
- Experian Fraud Alert: (888) 397-3742 or www.experian.com/fraud/center.html.
- Experian Freeze: (888) 397-3742 or www.experian.com/freeze/center.html
- The address for Experian is: P.O. Box 4500, Allen, TX 75013
- TransUnion Fraud Alert: (800) 680-7289 or www.transunion.com/fraud-alerts
- TransUnion Freeze: (888) 909-8872 or www.transunion.com/credit-freeze
- The address for TransUnion is: P.O. Box 2000, Chester, PA 19016-2000
- You can also request that these credit bureaus provide you with a copy of your credit report free of charge or you can use the following link: www.annualcreditreport.gov to obtain a free credit report. When you receive your credit report, examine it closely and look for signs of fraud, such as unauthorized credit accounts.
- Even if a fraud alert or freeze has been placed on your account, you should continue to monitor your credit reports to ensure that no unauthorized accounts are opened in your name moving forward.
- If you believe that unauthorized accounts were opened in your name or you have been the victim of another form of identity theft, you should contact your local police department and/or the Illinois Attorney General’s Office by using the information available at this link: www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumers/hotline.html.
- Finally, you should consider reviewing information about identity theft which is available from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at:
- www.identitytheft.gov/ or by calling 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338).
- The FTC also offers general information to protect your online presence athttps://www.consumer.ftc.gov/topics/privacy-identity-online-security
- The address for the FTC is: 600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20580
If you have any questions about this matter, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 312-534-5360.