Friday, February 7, 2020

Georgia Supreme Court Gives Data Breach Victims the Right to Sue

Data breaches carry all kinds of expenses that can do serious damage to a company’s bottom line. That reality became more prominent this week when the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that data breach victims could sue for damages. 

The verdict overturned an earlier ruling pertaining to a 2016 data breach at Athens Orthopedic Clinic, which endured a breach that compromised patients’ personally identifiable information that eventually made its way to the Dark Web. While the clinic moved to dismiss the case, the court ruled that victims could sue the company for damages.

Ultimately, the ruling underscores another financial front that businesses need to account for when considering the risks of a data breach, and it should encourage companies to get the support they need they need to ensure that they are keeping sensitive data secure.

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