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Ninth Circuit: No Harm, No Foul in Suit Against Gap

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

June 9, 2010

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has backed a lower court's rejection of a lawsuit against Gap, Inc., involving the loss of job applicants' private data. In the suit Ruiz v. Gap, Inc., the plaintiff alleged negligence, breach of contract, unfair competition and violations of the California constitution and civil code for the loss of two laptop computers at a third-party contractor for the company, the Technology & Marketing Law Blog reports. The computers contained the personal information of Gap job applicants. The Ninth Circuit court decided that "increased risk of future harm was not sufficient to state a negligence claim under California law," the report states. (Privacy Tracker subscribers, what would you like to know about this case? Send your questions to the Privacy Tracker to be answered on the next monthly call.)
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