Georgia Supreme Court Clarifies There Is No Duty to Safeguard Personal Information from a Data Breach

Gavin Reinke of Alston & Bird writes:

The Georgia Supreme Court recently issued a decision holding that there is no duty to safeguard personal information from a data breach under Georgia law.  Georgia Department of Labor v. McConnell involved the accidental disclosure of a spreadsheet that contained the name, social security number, home telephone number, email address, and age of thousands of individuals who had applied for unemployment benefits or other services offered by the Department of Labor.  Case No. S18G1316, slip op. at 2 (Ga. May 20, 2019).  The plaintiff, whose information was among that which was disclosed, filed a putative class action against the Department of Labor, alleging claims for negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, and invasion of privacy.

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