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Judge Says PII Loss Sufficient for Suit

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

April 19, 2011

The Register reports that a federal judge has allowed a lawsuit filed against a social media application developer for exposing 32 million users' personally identifiable information (PII). Judge Phyllis Hamilton has allowed four causes of action by RockYou user Alan Claridge in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California. RockYou wanted the case dismissed, alleging Claridge suffered no harm when his e-mail address and password were exposed. But the judge said that the "plaintiff has sufficiently alleged a general basis for harm by alleging that the breach of his personally identifiable information has caused him to lose some ascertainable but unidentified value and/or property right inherent in the PII."
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