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Lost Data: The Legal Challenges

Pike, George H. (2006) Lost Data: The Legal Challenges. Information Today, 23 (10). 1 - ?. ISSN 8755-6286

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Another day, another data breach, another lawsuit. On September 22, 2006, a lawsuit was filed against America Online over AOL’s release of 19 million search requests affecting 650,000 subscribers. The suit was filed by three AOL subscribers as a class-action lawsuit where they would represent all of the victims of the release. The AOL data breach is not the first such incident. In the September issue of Information Today, Phillip Britt reported that over 190 data breaches had been reported between February 2005 and June 2006. In February 2005, ChoicePoint reported that information on over 160,000 persons was leaked to criminals posing as legitimate businesses. In May 2006, a laptop computer containing access to over 26 million veterans and military personnel data was stolen from a VA employee’s home. At least two class action lawsuits are pending over that data breach. This article explores how the law is responding to the expanding quandary of data breaches and identity theft.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
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Pike, George H.
Date: November 2006
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Information Today
Volume: 23
Number: 10
Publisher: Learned Information, Inc., Medford, NJ
Page Range: 1 - ?
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Law > Law
School of Law > Law > Faculty Publications
Refereed: No
Uncontrolled Keywords: data, breaches, lawsuits, security, America, Online, AOL, Department, of, Veteran, Affairs, VA, laptop, theft, data, theft, federal, laws, Privacy, Act, of, 1974, legislation, liability, standard
ISSN: 8755-6286
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Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2009 14:25
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2018 00:55


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