AZAR FIRM SUES FACEBOOK OVER LATEST SECURITY BREACH
Facebook users affected by the social media giant’s latest security breach have filed a federal class action lawsuit against the company, claiming that a flaw that allowed hackers access to personal data has exposed millions of people to the risk of identity theft.
The lawsuit was filed late last week in the Northern District of California by Franklin D. Azar & Associates on behalf of named plaintiffs in California, Colorado and New Jersey. The complaint seeks class action status on behalf of all Facebook users whose private information was compromised by the massive data breach.
WHAT IS THE FACEBOOK BREACH?
Facebook announced on September 28 that it had discovered a vulnerability in its code that allowed hackers to access and take over as many as 50 million user accounts, although it had not yet determined the extent to which linked accounts, passwords, or financial data were compromised or misused.
The company has since estimated that the breach affects 30 million users, including 14 million who had personal information stolen from their profiles. The lawsuit complaint notes that the company had learned of the breach, which involved a feature that lets users see what their profile looks like to others, nearly two weeks before the public announcement.
THE RISK OF IDENTITY THEFT
The incident is the latest data scandal to rock Facebook, which has been scrambling to repair its reputation after a political consulting firm gained access to the personal data of millions of Facebook users and revelations about other ventures that resulted in sharing user data with outside entities. The lawsuit challenges Facebook’s approach to data security and the continuing exposure of users to the dangers of identity theft and other cybercrimes.
“This case involves the continuing and absolute disregard with which Defendant has chosen to treat the [personal information] of account holders,” the complaint states. “While this information was supposed to be protected, Facebook — without authorization — exposed that information to third parties through lax and non-existent data safety and security policies and protocols.”
THE CLASS ACTION TRACK RECORD AT FDAZAR
FDAzar is one of the largest plaintiff law firms in Colorado, known for championing the rights of individuals who have suffered damages at the hands of large corporations. Over the past 30 years, our attorneys have secured more than $1.5 billion in compensation for our clients, including more than $750 million from Walmart in a wage and hour dispute that involVed hundreds of thousands of class action participants and litigation in 26 states. FDAzar has been and is involved in mass tort and class action cases against several major corporations, including Toyota, Hewlett Packard, and British Petroleum.
Our class action department is staffed with experienced and knowledgeable attorneys who focus on litigating large, complex cases. We are currently investigating cases involving abusive wage practices, employees whose 401(k) plans have been subject to excessive fees and mismanagement, improper fees charged by investment companies and banks issuing auto loans, and more.
If you have suffered damages as a result of unfair business practices, data breaches, or corporate misconduct, the class action attorneys at FDAzar may be able to help. Speak with a member of our class-action team today or contact us here. The consultation is free.