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Waste Management Data Breach Exposing Employee PII Class Action

When companies hire employees, they expect them to turn over their personally identifiable information (PII), which will be stored on the company’s systems. The complaint for this class action alleges that USA Waste-Management Resources, LLC (Waste Management) did not adequately protect current and former employee PII and permitted it to be exposed in a data breach that occurred in January 2021.

The Nationwide Class for this action is all persons living in the US whose personal information was exposed in the Waste Management data breach that occurred between around January 21-23, 2021. An Employee Subclass has also been defined, for current or former employees of Waste Management.

Waste Management is purported to be the largest waste management company in the US, providing solid waste disposal and recycling services to homes and businesses throughout the country. The complaint asserts, “Waste Management had numerous statutory, regulatory, contractual, and common law obligations to keep [employees’] PII confidential, safe, secure, and protected from unauthorized disclosure or access.”

However, on January 21, 2021, the company noticed “suspicious activity” on its systems. It eventually found that an unauthorized party had accessed its network and taken files that contained sensitive information on current and former employees and their defendants. The PII accessed included the names, dates of birth, driver’s license numbers, and Social Security or National ID numbers for some 268,000 employees.

“Inexplicably,” the complaint alleges, “Waste Management did not provide notice to its current and former employees of the data breach until May 28, 2021, when it mailed data breach notices to those individuals whose PII was accessed by unauthorized third parties.”

The complaint alleges that the company had an obligation to take effective measures to protect the PII of its employees and their families. According to the complaint, “Waste Management is responsible for allowing this data breach through its failure to implement and maintain reasonable network safeguards, its unreasonable data retention policies, and its failure to comply with industry-standard data security practices.”

Waste Management has offered victims of the data breach a year of credit monitoring, but the complaint says this is insufficient. It notes that victims will have to monitor their credit for the rest of their lives, and notes that credit monitoring does not prevent fraud, merely allows victims to notice it. At least one of the plaintiffs in this class action has also discovered an attempted fraudulent charge on his credit card of more than $1,500.

The complaint alleges that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has published guidelines for businesses on safeguarding private information they may hold. The complaint claims, “The FTC has, upon information and belief, brought enforcement actions against businesses for failing to protect PII.”

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Privacy

Most Recent Case Event

Waste Management Data Breach Exposing Employee PII Complaint

July 22, 2021

When companies hire employees, they expect them to turn over their personally identifiable information (PII), which will be stored on the company’s systems. The complaint for this class action alleges that USA Waste-Management Resources, LLC (Waste Management) did not adequately protect current and former employee PII and permitted it to be exposed in a data breach that occurred in January 2021.

Waste Management Data Breach Exposing Employee PII Complaint

Case Event History

Waste Management Data Breach Exposing Employee PII Complaint

July 22, 2021

When companies hire employees, they expect them to turn over their personally identifiable information (PII), which will be stored on the company’s systems. The complaint for this class action alleges that USA Waste-Management Resources, LLC (Waste Management) did not adequately protect current and former employee PII and permitted it to be exposed in a data breach that occurred in January 2021.

Waste Management Data Breach Exposing Employee PII Complaint
Tags: Exposing Private Information, Exposure to cyber crime, Your Privacy