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UH settles class action lawsuit on breaches of personal data

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 01:04 p.m. HST, Jan 26, 2012


Nearly 100,000 University of Hawaii students, alumni, employees and others potentially affected by five breaches of personal data from 2009 to 2011 will receive two years of credit-monitoring and fraud-restoration services, under a settlement to a class action lawsuit announced today.

The settlement to Gross v. University of Hawaii will apply to about 98,000 people potentially affected by the data breaches at UH-Manoa, UH-West Oahu, and Kapiolani and Honolulu community colleges, the parties said in a news release.

The settlement is subject to court approval.

Class members will be sent a letter by March 1 that will allow them to sign up for the credit-monitoring services online. University faculty, students, and alumni will also be sent e-mails to inform them of the credit-monitoring services.

The settlement will be administered by Kroll Background America, Inc., a firm specializing in providing credit monitoring and fraud restoration services, the news release said.

"Credit monitoring services may cost as much as $5 to $15 per month if purchased individually. We are extremely pleased that the university has negotiated a settlement package that provides these services to every class member who wants them," said Thomas Grande, one of the lawyers who represents the plaintiffs.

Bruce Sherman, another lawyer representing the class, said they looked at more than 40 cases of data breaches at other universities, and that in most cases the affected people were offered two years of credit-monitoring and fraud-restoration services.

The university's statement said it has denied liability, and added: "We are pleased to settle this case by providing two years of credit monitoring and credit restoration services to those class members who request it. The University continues to work diligently so that the chance of future data breaches is significantly reduced. Given the uncertainties and expense of litigation, the University believes this settlement is in the best interests of the University and its entire Ohana."

Information regarding the settlement and class members can be found at http://UHDataBreachLawsuit.com.







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Vivgie wrote:
Now watch your tuition go up.
on January 26,2012 | 12:41PM
Ronin006 wrote:
From where will the money come to fund the credit monitoring?
on January 26,2012 | 03:15PM
BigBird001 wrote:
"Denied liability." Yeah, right. It's UH's fault that the data was released through the incompetence and stupidity of THEIR employees, and UH denies liability. Well, UH, if you aren't liable, just WHO is the liable party? It certainly isn't the liability of students whose data you released.
on January 26,2012 | 03:36PM
tiki886 wrote:
Let's say conservatively it's $5 per month Xs 12 months = $60 per person per year Xs 98,000 individuals = $5,880,000 per year Xs two years = $11,760,000 for the proposed two year service. And even if Kroll gave UH a 50% discount it woud still amount to nearly $6 mil for the 2 year period. Ouch! Did anyone get fired or prosecuted for causing $6 mil worth of damage? Plus you have to add in attorneys fees of at least one third of the value of the settlement and you're back up to $8 mil! How do you inadvertently upload confidential information to the web?
on January 26,2012 | 03:39PM
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