Second union sues government over OPM hack, alleging constitutional failures

Lisa Rein reports:

A second prominent union representing federal employees is suing the government over the Chinese hack of employee data, underscoring the growing legal and political fallout from the breach.

The National Treasury Employees Union announced Wednesday that it filed suit against the Office of Personnel Management in U.S. District Court, alleging that the agency violated union members’ constitutional rights by failing to protect their private information.

OK, first, they seem to be assuming that it was China behind the hack, and second, how do you get to this as a constitutional right to privacy issue? Their complaint does not shed any light on that claim. Although they diligently outline the basis for claiming reckless indifference and negligence, when it comes to any claimed constitutional right to information privacy, all the complaint states is:

80. The Defendant has violated NTEU members’ constitutional right to informational privacy, including their right to Due Process under the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

To which I say, “huh?”

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