Westat Data Breach Investigation

Turke & Strauss LLP, a leading data breach law firm, is investigating Westat, Inc. regarding its recent data breach. The Westat data breach involved sensitive personal identifiable information belonging to over 7,900 individuals.


Westat is a research services company specializing in data collection and oversight, statistical research and survey strategies, clinical trials, program evaluation, and communications methods. Accordingly, Westat offers research tools to customers in a variety of industries, ranging from education to economic policy. Founded in 1963, Westat provides its services to several federal agencies, including the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Education, Labor, and more. Headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, Westat employs over 2,000 individuals across its 16 U.S. based and international locations.


On June 22, 2023, Westat discovered that it experienced a data breach in which the sensitive personal identifiable information in its systems may have been accessed. Through its investigation, Westat determined that an unauthorized actor may have accessed this sensitive information on May 29, 2023. On July 21, 2023, Westat began contacting individuals whose information may have been impacted. The type of information exposed includes:

  • Name
  • Social Security number

If you received a breach notification letter from Westat, Inc.:

We would like to speak with you about your rights and potential legal remedies in response to this data breach. Please fill out the form, below, or contact us at (608) 237-1775 or sam@turkestrauss.com.

If you were impacted by the Westat data breach, you may consider taking the following steps to protect your personal information.

  1. Carefully review any breach notice and retain a copy;
  2. Enroll in any free credit monitoring services provided by Westat, Inc.;
  3. Change passwords and security questions for online accounts;
  4. Regularly review account statements for signs of fraud or unauthorized activity;
  5. Monitor credit reports for signs of identity theft; and
  6. Contact a credit bureau(s) to request a temporary fraud alert.

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