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OK Foods Data Breach Exposes Employee Information Class Action

The complaint for this class action describes OK Foods, Inc. as “one of the world’s largest fully-integrated chicken producers” which has “numerous hatcheries, farms, feed mills, and processing plants across the country.” As such, OK Foods holds a great deal of personal information. The complaint alleges that the company failed to take adequate measures to keep this information safe, leading to a data breach in April 2020.

The Nationwide Class for this action is all persons living in the US who are current or former employees of OK Foods of its affiliates, parents, or subsidiaries, and who had their PII compromised in the data breach that occurred between April 22, 2020 and April 30, 2020. An Oklahoma Subclass has also been defined.

The complaint claims, “Part of the bargain of obtaining a job requires turning over to employers valuable personal identifying information (‘PII’), including names, Social Security numbers, birthdates, and addresses.” Identity thieves can use this information in a great number of fraudulent or criminal ways which can harm individuals for years to come.

The complaint alleges that OK Foods claims it “understands the importance of protecting the security of [] Personal Info.” Its website assures people that “all Personal Info is encrypted and stored on secure servers.”

Even so, OK Foods reported that, between April 22, 2020 and April 30, 2020, “an unknown third party gained unauthorized access to an OK Foods employee e[-]mail address that contained certain highly sensitive and unencrypted employee data. Employee names and Social Security numbers were among the PII accessed and obtained by the unauthorized party.”

The plaintiff in this case, Landon Johnson, has worked for OK Foods since 2016. He received notice of the data breach via a letter dated April 15, 2021—nearly a year after the data breach had occurred. It said that some of his PII, including his full name and Social Security number, might have been exposed in the incident.

A chart in the complaint shows the recent rises in complaints and losses from data breaches reported by the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). Its 2019 Internet Crime Report noted that “rapid reporting can help law enforcement stop fraudulent transactions before a victim loses the money for good.”

The complaint alleges that OK Foods did not comply with the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC’s) recommendations for ways to minimize data breaches. It claims that “the FTC has brought enforcement actions against businesses for failing to adequately and reasonably protect PII, treating the failure to employ reasonable and appropriate measures to protect against unauthorized access to confidential consumer data as an unfair act or practice prohibited by Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act.”

The causes of action include negligence and breach of implied contract, among other things.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Privacy

Most Recent Case Event

OK Foods Data Breach Exposes Employee Information Complaint

June 2, 2021

The complaint for this class action describes OK Foods, Inc. as “one of the world’s largest fully-integrated chicken producers” which has “numerous hatcheries, farms, feed mills, and processing plants across the country.” As such, OK Foods holds a great deal of personal information. The complaint alleges that the company failed to take adequate measures to keep this information safe, leading to a data breach in April 2020.

OK Foods Data Breach Exposes Employee Information Complaint

Case Event History

OK Foods Data Breach Exposes Employee Information Complaint

June 2, 2021

The complaint for this class action describes OK Foods, Inc. as “one of the world’s largest fully-integrated chicken producers” which has “numerous hatcheries, farms, feed mills, and processing plants across the country.” As such, OK Foods holds a great deal of personal information. The complaint alleges that the company failed to take adequate measures to keep this information safe, leading to a data breach in April 2020.

OK Foods Data Breach Exposes Employee Information Complaint
Tags: Exposing Private Information, Exposure to cyber crime, Your Privacy