Magazine article University Business

Ouch-Data Theft

Magazine article University Business

Ouch-Data Theft

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THIS SPRING OHIO UNIVERsity joined the not-so-exclusive club of institutions dealing with the aftermath of data breaches. For this school of nearly 17,000 undergraduates, a potentially costly lawsuit got thrown into the mix.

A month after current and former students were notified of the system leaks, alumni Donald Jay Kulpa and Kenneth David Neben flied a class-action suit in the State of Ohio Court of Claims. Besides seeking judgment that the university's acts and omissions in the wake of the discovery were negligent and deliberately indifferent to the plaintiffs' constitutional right to privacy, the suit requests "class-wide relief in the form of a court-administered credit monitoring and/or identity monitoring" as well as expenses, should an identity crime occur.

Here's a look at the data important to this lawsuit and what the numbers could mean for Ohio University's pocketbook:

600--Average number of hours (often over a period of years) an identity-theft victim spends recovering from the crime

$1,400--Average out-of-pocket expenses a victim incurs after an identity theft crime

$4. …

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