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Geico Insurance Companies Customer Data Exposure Class Action

This class action brings suit because of a data breach that affected Geico Casualty Company, Geico Indemnity Company, Geico General Insurance Company, and Government Employees Insurance Company. The complaint alleges that the Geico companies did not adequately safeguard the personal identifying information (PII) of its companies, failing to prevent a data breach to its systems.

The class for this action is all individuals living in the US whose personal or financial information was accessed, compromised, or stolen in the Geico data breach. A California Subclass has also been proposed, for individuals living in California.

Early on, the complaint says, “This case involves a matter of growing concern in modern culture, that of the security of personal data and information in an era of exponential technological expansion.” Data breaches are indeed becoming quite common, as are class actions stemming from them.

Geico is one of the largest auto insurance companies in the US, holding the information of a large amount of customer personal information. The breach occurred, the complaint claims, when Geico “allow[ed] fraudsters unauthorized access into Geico’s online sales systems from January 21, 2021 to March 1, 2021…”

The complaint quotes the company’s Internet Security Policy as saying, “At GEICO.com, the privacy and security of customer data is as important to us as it is to you. Physical safeguards, procedural controls and data access controls protect your data from unauthorized access. We continually monitor our system to prevent unauthorized attempts at intrusion.”

Geico’s April 15, 2021 notice about its data breach said that the fraudsters who hacked its systems were able to access customer driver’s license numbers and might be able to apply for unemployment benefits in customers’ names. The complaint charges, “As a result of Geico’s failure to maintain adequate security measures, Geico’s customers’ personal and private information has been compromised and remains vulnerable.”

According to the complaint, victims of data breaches should continue credit monitoring and protection for at least five years afterwards, because their information may be used for up to five years after the breach. The complaint refers to a number of surveys to show that costs for victims of data breaches range from several hundred to several thousand dollars per person and incidents may take a month or more to resolve. It claims that some surveys show that “over 35% of victims have unresolved, related identity theft issues for up to one year after a breach…”

Identity theft may not be a one-time incident, either. Many identity theft victims, it says, are re-victimized within three years of the first incident.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Privacy

Most Recent Case Event

Geico Insurance Companies Customer Data Exposure Complaint

April 23, 2021

This class action brings suit because of a data breach that affected Geico Casualty Company, Geico Indemnity Company, Geico General Insurance Company, and Government Employees Insurance Company. The complaint alleges that the Geico companies did not adequately safeguard the personal identifying information (PII) of its companies, failing to prevent a data breach to its systems.

Geico Insurance Companies Customer Data Exposure Complaint

Case Event History

Geico Insurance Companies Customer Data Exposure Complaint

April 23, 2021

This class action brings suit because of a data breach that affected Geico Casualty Company, Geico Indemnity Company, Geico General Insurance Company, and Government Employees Insurance Company. The complaint alleges that the Geico companies did not adequately safeguard the personal identifying information (PII) of its companies, failing to prevent a data breach to its systems.

Geico Insurance Companies Customer Data Exposure Complaint
Tags: Exposing Private Information, Exposure to cyber crime, Your Privacy