Scam of the day – August 23, 2015 – Ashley Madison class actions

A lawsuit has been filed in Canada against Ashley Madison seeking class action status on behalf of Canadian members of Ashley Madison whose personal information was divulged by hackers recently.  The action is being brought against Ashley Madison for failing to protect the privacy of the data that they compiled and retained regarding its members.  Meanwhile in the United States, the Oklahoma law firm of Abington, Cole & Ellery is also considering filing a class action against Ashley Madison on similar grounds on behalf of American victims of the data breach.

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For more information about the Canadian class action, you can go to the website of Charney Lawyers, one of the law firms that filed the action by clicking on this link. http://www.charneylawyers.com/Charney/ashleymadisonclassaction.php

For more information about the possible American class action, you can go to the website of Abington, Cole & Ellery by clicking on this link. http://abingtonlaw.com/Ashley-Madison-Data-Breach-class-action-lawsuit.html

As for the rest of us who never had any involvement with Ashley Madison, this data breach should serve as a cautionary lesson that every company or governmental agency is susceptible to data breaches and that we all should try to limit as much as possible the amounts of personal information provided to any entity with which we do business. In addition, because of the likelihood of a data breach, never provide information to a company that you would be embarrassed to be associated with.