In order to resolve a class action lawsuit arising out of the significant data breach T-Mobile experienced in August of last year, T-Mobile has agreed to pay $500 million. The court must still approve the settlement proposal , which might take months or even longer depending on appeals and other processes.
One of the largest data breaches to ever occur in the cellular sector was at T-Mobile last year. The personal information of almost 76.6 million T-Mobile customers was compromised. According to reports, personally identifiable data exposed in the data breach included names, addresses, ID cards, and Social Security numbers.
Due to this breach, a class action lawsuit was brought against T-Mobile. The US District Court for the Western District of Missouri is now hearing the case. In the interim, the carrier has agreed to pay $500 million to resolve the legal dispute.
Advertisement The business claimed that $350 million of this sum would be used to pay the attorneys who would represent its clients who are part of the class action. Each impacted T-Mobile customer should receive a compensation of less than $5 as a result of this. The final sum will be determined by the cost of the attorneys and the number of clients who accept the settlement. Concerned clients will be informed of the settlement by the business. The entire procedure could take months to finish. The self-described Un-carrier anticipates that the court will approve the settlement by the end of the year.
T-Mobile will improve its data security in accordance with this agreement. The remaining $150 million of the settlement sum will be used by T-Mobile in 2022 and 2023 to upgrade its security systems. There is no doubt that the corporation has to work on this. because between December 2020 and December 2021, it experienced not just one but three data breaches. Although the other two breaches weren’t as severe as the one in August, they nevertheless cast doubt on the company’s security protocols. Even worse, it had experienced two more breaches in the three years prior.
The carrier has now committed to enhancing its security protocols in the ensuing years. T-Mobile stated that during the past year, it has intensified its vast cybersecurity program in an official statement . A Cybersecurity Transformation Office has been established by the business, and it answers directly to CEO Michael Sievert. In order to develop strategies and carry out cybersecurity measures, it is also working with industry specialists.
Advertisement In order to avoid future security breaches, T-Mobile is also offering approximately 900,000 training sessions to its staff and business partners. We are happy to have settled this consumer class action case, and we will continue to devote time, effort, and resources to addressing this issue, the company said in its statement.