A lawsuit claims that a VTech data breach has affected 11 million user accounts and includes the sensitive information of millions of children. The lawsuit seeks damages not only for the disclosure of personal information, but also for the harm caused by VTech’s alleged deceptive trade practices that caused consumers to purchase the affected products without knowing of the inadequate security surrounding the data VTech collected from consumers. Data breach lawsuit attorneys note that the VTech data breach is one of many that have occurred over the past few years.
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Lawsuit: VTech Used Lax Data Security Measures
VTech is a leading manufacturer of electronic toys for children. These toys include ‘kid-friendly’ tablet computers that allow children to browse the Internet, communicate with other digital devices, and download education-related software applications, e-books, learning games, and other educational content. In order to use VTech devices, parents or guardians are required to register for an account with VTech and provide their names, addresses, email, and passwords. Children can also create their own profiles for the devices by providing VTech with their names, passwords, dates of birth, gender, and, in certain circumstances, photographs.
The December 2015 lawsuit claims that VTech did not use industry-standard data security measures to protect its customers’ sensitive information. Because of this, the private information of millions of customers, including millions of children under twelve years old and younger was compromised. Specifically, VTech discovered in November 2015, that its databases had been hacked and that nearly five million parent accounts and over six million related children’s profiles had also been compromised, including children’s communication logs and profile photos.
The plaintiff further argues that when customers purchase products or services from VTech, they not only purchase the products and services themselves, but they also pay for VTech’s promise to protect and keep its customers’ sensitive information secure. If VTech had revealed to its customers that it would not protect their or their children’s information, they would not have purchased or used its products or services.
Consumers Affected By Data Breaches May Be Entitled to Compensation
Victims of data breaches may be entitled to receive compensation for any personal information that may have been compromised, and the responsible party may be liable for financial losses resulting from a data breach. Affected consumers should seek legal counsel from a data breach lawsuit attorney to get more information about their rights and remedies.
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