A class action lawsuit has been filed against the administration after allegedly loosing Social Security numbers, bank data, and payroll information of some of its employees. The lawsuit was filed in US District Court on behalf of all Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security employees whose personal information was lost on a computer hard drive. The lawsuit claims TSA's reckless behavior is in violation of the Privacy Act and the Aviation and Transportation Security Act, which requires TSA to ensure adequate security at airports.
The lawsuit asked the court to order TSA to take new security measures consistent with those laws, including encrypting personnel data and installing electronic monitoring on any mobile equipment that stores personnel information. The suit also asked the court to order TSA to grant administrative leave, without penalty, to any screeners who need time off to protect against or correct any identity theft or financial disruption.