Data breach litigation against optometry board revived

Judy Greenwald reports:

A federal appeals court has overturned a lower court ruling and reinstated putative class action data breach litigation against the National Board of Examiners in Optometry Inc.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, said in Tuesday’s ruling in Rhonda L. Hutton et al. v. National Board of Examiners in Optometry Inc. that plaintiffs had sufficiently established they had suffered injuries as a result of an alleged data breach of the Charlotte, North Carolina-based board.

According to the ruling, optometrists across the United States in July 2016 noticed that Chase Amazon Visa credit card accounts had been fraudulently opened in their names. Opening these accounts required the use of an applicant’s correct Social Security number and date of birth.

Facebook discussions led the plaintiffs to conclude the information had come from a data breach at the optometry board, which has never acknowledged it was the target of a data breach.

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So the board never acknowledged any breach? Discovery should be interesting…..

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