LinkedIn Data Breach Lawsuit Dismissed

The professional networking site LinkedIn won a class-action lawsuit before it even went to trial after a judge this week dismissed claims from two premium users who maintained the company failed to provide the level of data security outlined in its privacy policy.

A former South Carolina lawmaker has added the data security firm Trustwave and the state’s technology department to a lawsuit filed in the wake of a massive data breach at the state’s Department of Revenue.The Associated Press reports attorney John Hawkins in an amendment claims Trustwave “violated and failed to comply with the duties imposed upon them to encrypt data and to expeditiously disclose the breach of security.”

A Southern California judge has rejected several key claims in a class-action lawsuit filed in response to Sony’s handling last year of a data breach that left millions of users at risk.In a ruling released by, U.S. District Court Judge Anthony Battaglia ruled users did not have an expectation of “perfect security” when they signed on with the company’s PlayStation Network.

Less than two weeks after learning more than 6 million stolen LinkedIn passwords were posted online, an Illinois woman is leading a class-action lawsuit against the professional networking site for using inadequate security tools to protect its members’ data.Katie Szpyrka, who registered for a LinkedIn account in 2010, filed the lawsuit last week in U.S. District Court in Northern California. In the complaint, she claims LinkedIn violated its own privacy policy in failing to use industry standards to protect personally identifiable information.

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