Join us at TNW Conference 2022 for insights into the future of tech →

The heart of tech

This article was published on August 25, 2015

    Now Ashley Madison is being sued for ’emotional distress’

    Now Ashley Madison is being sued for ’emotional distress’
    Abhimanyu Ghoshal
    Story by

    Abhimanyu Ghoshal

    Managing Editor

    Abhimanyu is TNW's Managing Editor, and is all about personal devices, Asia's tech ecosystem, as well as the intersection of technology and Abhimanyu is TNW's Managing Editor, and is all about personal devices, Asia's tech ecosystem, as well as the intersection of technology and culture. Hit him up on Twitter, or write in: [email protected].

    No surprises here: Ashley Madison, a site that facilitates infidelities, is being sued in a federal court in Los Angeles over its failure to adequately protect its clients’ personal data, reports Reuters.

    The lawsuit, filed by a man identifying himself as John Doe, is seeking class-action status and accuses Ashley Madison and its Toronto-based parent company Avid Life Media Inc., of negligence, invasion of privacy and causing emotional distress.

    Hackers stole personal and financial details of over 37 million users last month, and have since released over 18GB of data to the public.

    The breach is believed to be the cause of two unconfirmed suicides in Canada, and the company has offered a $500,000 reward for information about who’s behind the attack.

    This isn’t the first case Avid Life Media is facing in relation to the incident. A $578 million class-action lawsuit was filed in Toronto last week after users’ personal data was leaked to the public.

    Ashley Madison, parent company sued in U.S. over data breach [Reuters]