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Judge Dismisses Security Breach Lawsuit

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

March 11, 2010

A federal judge has dismissed a class action suit against Aetna Inc. after finding that a security breach resulted in "a mere possibility of an increased risk of identity theft" and not a "credible threat of identity theft," Law.com reports. "At best, plaintiff has alleged a mere possibility of an increased risk of identity theft, which is insufficient for purposes of standing, and he certainly has not asserted a credible threat of identity theft," U.S. District Judge Legrome D. Davis wrote in his 14-page opinion. The case came after it was reported that personal data belonging to as many as 450,000 job applicants could have been compromised when the company's job application site was hacked in 2009.
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