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eBay Security Breach Makes Headlines Again
« on: May 06, 2015, 09:44:48 AM »
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While eBay's lawyers may be celebrating the fact that the company is off the hook in a lawsuit relating to a data breach that occurred last year, eBay's marketing team may not be pleased, since coverage of a court's decision to dismiss the lawsuit is reminding shoppers once again that their personal information may be in the hands of criminals.

Collin Green sued eBay last July and sought class status, but a judge said the plaintiff failed to show injury. "In most data breach cases, the complaints allege sensitive information was stolen, such as financial information or Social Security numbers," the judge wrote. "In such cases, courts nonetheless have found that the mere risk of identity theft is insufficient to confer standing, even in cases where there were actual attempts to use the stolen information."

And, she wrote in in her order to dismiss, "Even where actual fraudulent credit card charges are made after a data breach, courts have held the injury requirement still is not satisfied if the plaintiffs were not held financially responsible for paying such charges."


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