Study finds many turn to lawsuits following a data breach

Dan Kaplan reports:

More than half of American consumers would sue a company that loses its personal information, according to a survey released Wednesday by IT firm Unisys.

The twice-a-year Unisys Security Index, which polled 1,000 Americans on information security concerns, found that 53 percent would take legal action in the event of a data breach. Another 87 percent would change their passwords, and 76 percent would close their accounts.

Okay, as I noted earlier today, this is only what people say they will do. This was not a study of what people have actually done. The SC Magazine headline, “Study finds many turn to lawsuits following a data breach ” is misleading as there is no evidence that many actually sue.

Read the rest of the article here, as it contains some comments on the current state of data breach lawsuits. But while I might agree that there are more lawsuits now than years ago, I see no evidence that the majority of people notified of a breach sue or sign on to a lawsuit. If anyone has data to the contrary, I’d love to see it.

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