The May Institute Data Breach Investigation

Turke & Strauss LLP, a leading data breach law firm, is investigating The May Institute, Inc. (“May Institute”) regarding its recent data breach. The May Institute data breach involved personal identifiable information and protected health information belonging to over 12,000 individuals.


May Institute is a nonprofit organization and a national leader in the field of applied behavior analysis. Founded in 1955, May Institute serves individuals with ASD and those with other developmental disabilities, brain injury and neurobehavioral disorders, and other special needs.3 Today, May Institute is one of the largest and most well-respected providers of services and special education schools for children and adults with ASD and those with other special needs in Massachusetts and in the U.S.3 Headquartered in Randolph, Massachusetts, May Institute operates more than 140 service locations across the United States and employs over 1,000 individuals.


Recently, May Institute discovered that it had experienced a data breach in which personal identifiable information and protected health information in its systems may have been accessed and acquired. Through its investigation, May Institute determined that an unauthorized actor may have accessed this sensitive information on or about December 5, 2023. On April 1, 2024, May Institute began notifying individuals whose information may have been impacted. The type of information potentially exposed includes:

  • Name
  • Social Security number
  • Date of birth
  • Health information
  • Billing information

If you received a breach notification letter from The May Institute, 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

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

  1. Carefully review the breach notice and retain a copy;
  2. Enroll in any free credit monitoring services provided by The May Institute, 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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