Settlement of Ashley Madison Data Breach U.S. Class Action Lawsuits

In 2015, the Ashley Madison discreet affair website operated by Ruby Corp. (previously known as Avid Life Media) was subject to a cyber-attack by hackers who published the details (including sensitive personal information) of over 30 million Ashley Madison user accounts. The data breach resulted in a joint investigation by the Canadian and Australian Privacy Commissioners, lawsuits by the United States Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and a number of U.S. states, and class action lawsuits in Canada and the United States.

On August 22, 2016, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) released an important joint investigation report regarding this data breach and I had published a short piece about this.

On July 21, 2017, a U.S. District Court granted preliminary approval of a proposed settlement of a consolidated class action lawsuit relating to the 2015 Ashley Madison data breach. My partner Bradley Freedman has published an article summarizing the settlement, which article can be accessed here.

This content has been updated on August 10, 2017 at 11 h 00 min.

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