Exposing Private Information
GameStop Corporation has agreed to a settlement in a class action about a cyber attack on its computer systems that occurred sometime between August 10, 2016 and February 9, 2017.
The School Board of Manatee County, Florida has put aside $300,000 to settle a class action alleging that the Board was negligent and breached implied contracts when it allowed W-2 data to be disclosed in January 2017.
The release of personal information can lead to identity theft, but the law has also recognized that there are risks to consumers in the release of their medical information. The complaint for this class action claims that Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri did not take adequate steps to prevent access to the medical information of patients.
This settlement resolves a class action brought by current and former employees of TransPerfect Global, Inc., claiming that the company was the victim of a phishing attack sometime around January 17, 2017. This resulted in a data breach and the exposure of the data and payroll information of employees of the company and certain of its affiliates.
Data breaches have become serious hazards for companies who store information and for their employees and customers. It seems therefore all the more maddening when data breaches occur not because of sophisticated hacking techniques but because of gullibility to phishing, as the complaint for this class action charges in the case of the data breach at ABM Industries, Inc. Personal and biometric information was stolen, but the company did not inform employees until seven months after the breach was discovered.
The complaint for this class action claims that in the past five years, almost every major data breach at retail chain stores has involved malware on point of sale (POS) systems—yet retailers still do not take adequate precautions to vulnerable protect customer data. In this case, it was Saks & Company’s systems that were breached, and the issue is not only the breach but Saks’s failure to detect it or properly inform customers for nearly a year.
Aetna, Inc., Aetna Life Insurance Company, and Aetna Specialty Pharmacy, LLC have agreed to settle a class action that alleges two instances of potential breaches of privacy.
Under Armour, Inc. (UA) is known for its sports-related clothing. For a number of years, it has been offering customers apps such as MyFitnessPal and MapMyFitness that allow them to track the food they eat and their fitness-related actions. Unfortunately, the apps have suffered one of the largest data breaches to date that has exposed the personally identifying information (PII) of an estimated 150 people.
It’s yet another data theft case, this time involving a phishing scam at Allconnect, Inc. According to the complaint for this class, an employee at Allconnect received an e-mail that was supposedly from the president of the company asking for “all 2017 Allconnect employee W-2 information.” The employee complied, sending the impostor the personally identifying information (PII) of the company’s employees, including names, Social Security numbers, and wage and withholding information. The complaint claims that the scam was a well-known one that human resources and accounting professionals should have known about.
Seagate is settling a class action related to a phishing attack that occurred on or around March 1, 2016. The attack exposed the 2015 Form W-2 data of employees who worked for Seagate or certain affiliated companies during 2015. According to the complaint, fraudulent tax returns were filed in some employees’ names, sometimes jointly in their spouses’ names as well.