Checks Mailed To Compensate Victims
DATA LOSS—U.S.September 27, 2010
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) began sending checks for $18.17 last week to 14,023 victims of the 2008 ChoicePoint breach, eSecurity Planet reports. The checks are part of ChoicePoint's settlement with the FTC and are intended to compensate its customers for the cost of monitoring their credit after the 2008 breach. That breach followed an earlier breach, for which the company was ordered to conduct independent assessments of its data security program through 2026 and agreed to pay $10 million in civil penalties and $5 million in consumer redress to the FTC. The 2008 breach settlement expanded that security program and required checks be sent directly to victims.