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Judge Consolidates Four Breach Class Actions

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

September 6, 2012

A U.S. District Court Judge yesterday consolidated four proposed class-action lawsuits against LinkedIn Corp., The Recorder reports. The suits were filed in California’s Northern District in response to a June security breach and claimed $5 million in damages after hackers stole 6.5 million user passwords from the site and posted them online, the report states. The suits claim that although LinkedIn’s privacy policy says it will protect user data with “industry standards and technology,” the company used “a weak encryption format that failed to comply with basic industry standards…without implementing other crucial security measures.” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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