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Class Action Suit Adds Data Protection Firm and SC DSIT

6:15 PM, Nov 5, 2012   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- In an amended complaint filed Monday with the Fifth Judicial Court, the Hawkins Law Firm of Spartanburg has added a large private data security company and the SC Department of State Information Technology.

The lawsuit claims that Trustwave failed to protect public data and failed to notify the public immediately, as required by state statute.

According to the release attached to the amended class action suit, the Hawkins firm states that SC Department of Revenue had "for the most part rejected the data protection services offered by DSIT... and had elected to use Trustwave for its security monitoring services."

The release also states that the Hawkins firm would show that the reasons given by SC DOR for using Trustwave apply only to credit card numbers, not Social Security Numbers, and "do not excuse its failure to use DSIT and other more robust and readily available security systems."

The discovery stage of the lawsuit should begin in the near future, Hawkins said. 

In an email to News19, Trustwave's spokesperson Cas Purdy says "it's Trustwave's policy not to comment on pending legal matters.

Meanwhile Inspector General Pat Maley, who has been tasked by the Governor to review state agencies IT security, tells News19 they are currently collecting data from more than 100 state agencies.

The next step he says is to search out any imminent problems and develop a strategy for an updated security plan. Maley says they also have assembled a task force of six fulltime people to help review South Carolina government's network security.

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