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From: Jake Kouns (jkounsopensecurityfoundation.org)
Date: Sun Apr 18 2010 - 00:10:18 CDT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) - Florida Attorney General Bill
McCollum has announced a settlement with a financial services company
that allegedly exposed the personal information of approximately 5.9
million consumer files during a data breach.
Certegy Check Services, Inc., based in St. Petersburg, was alleged to
have failed to provide adequate data security for consumer records.
Under terms of the settlement, Certegy has agreed to ensure that
safeguards are put in place to protect consumer data.
Certegy and Fidelity National Card Services, a related company, are
subsidiaries of Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. The
companies reported in July 2007 that a former company employee had
stolen customer data. Certegy promptly notified McCollum and its
consumers of the data thefts and fully cooperated with McCollum's
William Gary Sullivan, the Certegy employee who perpetrated the crime,
was convicted of fraud and is currently serving a 57-month sentence in
Consumers, as part of a class action settlement in U.S. District Court
in Tampa, were given the opportunity to elect credit monitoring for
one year or bank account monitoring for two years.
The consumers were also allowed to seek reimbursement for certain
out-of-pocket costs incurred or identity theft expenses. Consumers
were also able to request credit monitoring at the company's expense
immediately after the thefts were announced.
A contribution of $125,000 to McCollum's Seniors vs. Crime Program for
educational, investigative and crime prevention programs for the
benefit of senior citizens and the community will be made by Certegy,
which will also pay $850,000 for the state's investigative costs and
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