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Data Breach Class Action Lawyers

Certification as a class can enable litigation to proceed more expeditiously and cost-effectively, particularly in cases against large corporations. Because they lower the cost of legal claims, class actions may provide the only means for some plaintiffs to pursue their cases.

Data Breach Class Action Lawsuits Come In Many Forms

California has been a leader in establishing laws to protect consumer information and respond to data breaches. The state’s approach to consumer data breach laws is comprehensive, aiming to ensure that personal information is protected and that consumers are promptly notified in the event of a security breach. Here’s a summary of the key components:

California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA)

  • Scope: These laws grant California residents rights over their personal information collected by businesses, including the right to know about and decide how their data is used, the right to delete personal information held by businesses, and the right to opt-out of the sale of their personal information.
  • Data Breach Provisions: The CCPA, as amended by the CPRA, includes provisions specifically addressing data breaches. It grants consumers the right to take civil action against companies that fail to maintain reasonable security procedures and practices, leading to unauthorized access, theft, or disclosure of personal information.
  • Remedies: Consumers affected by a data breach can seek statutory damages between $100 and $750 per consumer per incident, or actual damages, whichever is greater. The law also provides for injunctive relief and any other relief the court deems proper.

California’s Civil Code § 1798.82 (Data Breach Notification Law)

  • Scope: Requires businesses and state agencies to notify California residents when their personal information is compromised in a security breach. The law specifies the types of information that, if breached, trigger notification requirements, including social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, medical information, financial account numbers in combination with security codes, and usernames or email addresses in combination with a password or security question and answer that would permit access to an online account.
  • Notification Requirements: The law outlines specific requirements for the content and delivery of notifications to ensure that they are clear and provide affected individuals with steps they can take in response to the breach.
  • Penalties: While the law itself does not specify penalties for failing to notify affected individuals, businesses can face enforcement actions from the California Attorney General, as well as civil litigation from consumers.

Comprehensive Protection and Notification

California’s consumer data breach laws are designed to protect consumers’ personal information and ensure they are promptly and effectively informed if their data is compromised. These laws place significant responsibilities on businesses to implement and maintain reasonable security practices, promptly notify affected consumers of breaches, and face potential statutory damages for failures to protect consumer data adequately.

The combination of the CCPA/CPRA and California’s Data Breach Notification Law makes the state’s legal framework one of the strongest in the United States for consumer data protection.

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Did You Know?

California Consumer Privacy Act
The California Consumer Privacy Act gives consumers certain rights over the personal information businesses collect about them and requires businesses to inform consumers about how they collect, use, and retain their personal information.
Data Breach Notification Law
California's Data Breach Notification Law requires businesses to notify California residents without unreasonable delay, and no later than 60 days after discovering a breach, if their personal information has been compromised due to a security incident.

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