Leading Retailer Kroger Slapped With Class Action For Alleged Negligence
Kroger is set to face a class action lawsuit with claims that the company didn’t properly manage its information database, leaving them susceptible to security breaches.
Management Failed To Act
Complainant Alexander Buck is accusing Kroger of not providing its in-house staff members and other personnel with adequate data security management methodologies.
This is detrimental, for it resulted in the exposure of the very large trove of data they have a hold of.
In addition, the company failed to act swiftly to enforce the necessary steps to control the damages caused by a massive data breach incident in late 2019.
Buck contends that Kroger was unable to protect his private personal information from being illegally accessed by unauthorized entities.
He shares that his sensitive information was amongst those that were compromised in the 2019 data breach.
It is estimated that millions of other similarly situated individuals, including Buck, had their names, email addresses, Social Security numbers, and the like stolen by evil forces. Some had their salary information exposed too.
Kroger reportedly reached out to Buck and other victims of the data breach to inform them of the security situation alongside an offer of a year-long identity monitoring and protection services to ensure their privacy in the wake of the whole fiasco.
He found the offer extremely inadequate to cover all of the potential harm and damages caused by the security breach.
Prevention Could’ve Been Done
It is also said that Kroger could have prevented the data compromise incident from happening if they only took the necessary steps to beef up its security.
The Kroger Data Breach Class Action Lawsuit filed by Buck argues that the retailer’s third-party security provider is ineffective and not enough to protect the company’s database from hacking attacks.
In fact, Accellion, Kroger’s independent security contractor, is more than two decades old and is inadequate in providing security solutions that are in tune with the modern-day data safety challenges.
It’s noteworthy that Accellon also suffered a massive data security attack a year after Kroger’s infamous incident.
This furthermore harmed millions of individuals, including the retail company’s personnel and staff members.
On top of the company’s negligence of its weak security system protection, Kroger management also failed to provide timely news to the victims of the data breach.
Buck details that the company only knew of the incident in early 2021 and waited for two months before notifying the affected persons.
Buck, who is an employee affiliated with Kroger, is taking the company to court for counts of negligence, breach of confidence, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty.
He also argues that the retailer has violated several consumer protection laws.
The Kroger Data Breach Class Action Lawsuit consists of a Nationwide Class of Kroger employees residing in the country whose personal information was stolen as a result of the 2019 data breach incident. A Kansas Subclass is being petitioned by Buck.
About the company
Kroger Co., or simply known as Kroger in this feature, is a nationwide retailer founded more than a hundred years ago in Cincinnati, Ohio, by Bernard Kroger, hence the name.
It currently operates and manages different business ventures spanning different industries-from food and drug, warehouse, and storage to multi-department and marketplace stores that are spread out all over the country.
Kroger is the leading supermarket chain with recorded revenue of $121.16 billion in 2019.
Editor’s Note on Kroger Data Breach Class Action Lawsuit 2021:
This latest feature article aims to give you the dibs on the class action lawsuit filed against retailer Kroger in relation to its data security shortcomings.
Case Name(s) & No.: Buck v. The Kroger Co.; Case No.: 1:21-cv-00279-MWM
Jurisdiction: United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio Western Division at Cincinnati
Products/Services Involved: N/A
Allegation(s): Kroger is negligent and failed to prevent its employees’ data from being illegally accessed by fraudsters.
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