An action has been commenced against Avid Life Media, the parent company of the now notorious website Ashley Madison, for its failure to secure the confidential data of its customers. The lawsuit is being brought by an individual identifying himself only as John Doe who is claiming damages for emotional distress. Interestingly, class action status is also being sought, potentially opening the floodgates for many other aggrieved users of the site to seek recompense. There is already a class action against Avid Life in Canada.
The US action is based on the premise that Ashley Madison did not employ fair or reasonable security measures to protect the sensitive data of its users, in this instance from hackers known only as the Impact Team. Much of the information gathered by the criminals has been published on the internet in separate batches over the last few weeks.