Retiree Files Class-Action Suit
DATA LOSS—U.S.September 3, 2010
A Delaware woman has filed a class-action lawsuit after her personal information was exposed on a state Web site, reports The News Journal. The state confirmed this week that its benefits consultant, Aon Consulting, inadvertently included the Social Security numbers, birth dates and genders of about 22,000 state retirees in a document posted to the state's procurement site. "She's always going to have to live with the fear that her identity could be stolen," said the attorney for the plaintiff. Ryan Calo of Stanford University Law School told the Daily Dashboard that even were none of the victims of the breach to suffer identity theft, "the law ought to recognize the subjective apprehension they'll experience, never quite knowing whether their finances or credit will one day be compromised. One way to mitigate this form of harm is to provide free credit monitoring," said Calo, who has written a paper on the "Boundaries of Privacy Harm," which will be published next year.