Drivers In Connecticut Vs. Applus
According to a new class action lawsuit, Applus, the company that provides car inspections and emission testing for the Connecticut DMV, did not effectively protect drivers’ private information and was susceptible to a data breach.
Plaintiffs Amelia Yankovich and Joseph Allen filed the class action lawsuit in federal court in Connecticut on Wednesday, alleging that Applus Technologies, Inc. deceived their confidence by failing to adequately protect and secure their personally identifiable information (PII).
According to the class action lawsuit, the Data Breach was caused by Applus’s failure to establish necessary and reasonable cyber-security procedures and protocols needed to protect PII. The data breach could have been prevented with basic security measures, authentications, and training.
The group seeks to represent all Connecticut people who registered their vehicles with the Connecticut DMV. At the same time, those who gave Applus their PII, such as their names, addresses, dates of birth, PIN, SSN, driver’s license numbers, and license plate numbers, will be represented as well.
The Class Action
According to the claim, Applus discovered it had been the victim of a malware attack around March 30 this year, prompting it to suspend its vehicle emissions testing programs in eight states, including Connecticut.
Furthermore, it advised the public at that time to keep an eye on their financial accounts for any unauthorized activity and to inform the authorities and their bank as soon as possible once they see anything suspicious.
The sensitive data that was likely stolen in the breach could be used to gain access to customers’ online accounts, commit identity theft, or perpetrate other types of fraud.
It could also be spread through the internet and made available to individuals who sell stolen personal information.
According to the claim, Applus’s failure to establish and implement basic security protocols has caused continuous harm to drivers, who would endure a lack of data security for the indefinite future and are in considerable danger of identity theft and fraud.
The drivers are alleging negligence and violation of implied contract in their lawsuit. They would like to have a certification of the class action, damages, disgorgement of profits.
Moreover, they want Applus to offer proper credit monitoring services to the other class members, interest, penalties, and a jury trial.
Editor’s Note on Applus Data Breach Class Action Lawsuit 2021:
This article is published to inform you of the latest class action lawsuit filed against Applus Technologies, Inc. due to deceiving customers’ confidence by failing to adequately protect and secure their personally identifiable information (PII).
Case Name & No.: Amelia Yankovich et al., v. Applus Technologies, Inc, Case No. 3:21-cv-00720-KAD, in the U.S. District Court District of Connecticut
Products/Services: Car inspections and emission testing for the Connecticut DMV
Allegations: The company did not effectively protect drivers’ private information and was susceptible to a data breach
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