The massive hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment is raising a potentially costly question for companies across the country: How much responsibility do they have for protecting the most sensitive information about their employees?
Former employees have filed four lawsuits this week accusing Sony of not doing enough to protect their private data, including Social Security numbers, salaries, performance reviews and personal medical information. The latest suit, filed late Thursday on behalf of Michael Levine, a former technical director at Sony Pictures Imageworks and Felix Lionel, a former Sony Pictures director of technology, says the company’s negligence led to the release of personal information about 47,000 current and former employees.
“For decades, [Sony] failed, and continues to fail, to take the reasonably necessary actions to provide a sufficient level of IT security to reasonably secure its employees’ [personal information],” according to the class action lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in California by San Francisco-based Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP.
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