South Carolina Sued Over Privacy Breach
A lawsuit against South Carolina’s tax collection agency and Gov. Nikki Haley was filed by a former South Carolina senator alleging failure in protecting the state’s taxpayers from a massive security breach.
The Associate Press (AP) reports the former Republican senator seeks class-action status and hopes to represent all taxpayers whose Social Security numbers and credit card information was compromised in the recent privacy breach.
The lawsuit alleges that the state did not take cost-effective steps that would have protected taxpayer information nor did it notify the public as quickly as it should have, according to AP.
South Carolina state officials had recently revealed that an international hacker had electronically broken into a server at the state Department of Revenue exposing around 3.6 million Social Security numbers and 387,000 credit and debit card numbers belonging to South Carolina taxpayers.