Lime Crime settles lawsuit over 2015 data breach

Back in February, 2015, this site noted that vegan makeup company Lime Crime had reportedly been hacked, and that some customers were voicing their displeasure over the firm’s security and lack of responsiveness when problems had been noted.

Not surprisingly, then, some customers filed suit over the data breach. And also not surprisingly, neither the breach nor the litigation got much media coverage.

But today, Paul Tassin reports that there’s been a settlement, and affected customers may qualify for cash payments up to $44 and discounts from a $110,000 class action settlement:

The breach was active between Oct. 4, 2014 and Feb. 15, 2015. Customers’ names, addresses, credit and debit card account numbers, expiration dates, security codes, and their usernames and passwords were allegedly exposed.

Although Lime Crime says it discovered the breach in February 2015, plaintiffs allege the company was on notice of the breach as early as November 2014. They further claim Lime Crime attempted to suppress early reports of the breach by consumers.

Tassin also reports that some of the settlement provisions require Lime Crime to appoint a new Chief Information Security Officer, to perform a risk assessment, improve data storage, and develop procedures for selecting and maintaining outside data service providers.

Those are all Good Things. It’s shame if it took a lawsuit to get the firm to do them.

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