Canadian Class Action Filed over Ashley Madison Data Breach

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Toronto, Canada: Further to a massive data breach reported by the online dating site Ashley Madison, and the subsequent dump of personal data for approximately 37 million members, a class action lawsuit has been filed. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of all Canadian subscribers, targets the dating website for married people as well as Avid Dating Life, Inc. and Avid Life Media, Inc., the corporations who run the website. The lawsuit is seeking $750 million in general damages and $10 million in punitive damages.

Eliot Shore, a widower from Ottawa, is the plaintiff in the lawsuit. He signed up with the website "for a short time in search of companionship"but, allegedly, never went on a date.

The plaintiffs are seeking compensation and access to justice for all affected. "Another major aspect of this is behaviour modification; (our clients) went to this website being promised anonymity and confidentiality, but their privacy has been violated. Corporations need to be accountable for what' happened so that others can follow,"attorneys for the plaintiffs stated.

Plaintiffs are represented by Law firms Charney Lawyers and Sutts, Strosberg.

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