SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Attorney Advertising. On December 31, 2015, Keller Rohrback L.L.P. filed a class action lawsuit against VTech Electronics North American L.L.C. alleging the digital toymaker exposed the data of more than ten million parents, legal guardians, and minor children.
VTech Electronics North American L.L.C., a company dedicated to making electronic products and delivering associated services to young children, announced that an “unauthorized party accessed VTech customer data housed on our Learning Lodge app store database on November 14, 2015.” The customer database accessed contained general user profile information including names, email addresses, birthdays, encrypted passwords, secret questions and answers for password retrieval, IP addresses, mailing addresses, and download history.
The Complaint was filed on behalf of Texas-based Fredy Giron who purchased a VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX, which is an electronic product marketed to children. In order to make full use of the features of the VTech device, Giron was required to download and install VTech’s Learning Lodge software and to create an account with VTech in order to download content to the device in a process which required him to submit his name, email address, password, secret question and answer, home address, as well as his credit card number and billing information to VTech. Giron also submitted this information for his minor child, including his child’s name, gender, birthday, and photograph. Giron was never notified by VTech that this information – which is commonly used to commit identity theft – was breached.
Even worse than leaving customers susceptible to identity theft, the information compromised in the data breach is “linked to additional extensive information about the minor children, including their age, gender, facial and vocal characteristics, which places these VTech customers at increased risk of exposure to criminal acts of child predators,” the Complaint alleges, “As one security expert observed, ‘people who prey on children—now have the ability to get basic information about them—where they live, what they look like,’ cautioning that ‘this lapse of security’ would potentially allow such predators to gain the trust of children whose information was compromised.”
If you are concerned that your or your child’s personal information was breached and would like to know more about this case, please contact attorneys Cari Laufenberg, Gretchen Cappio, or Amy Hanson at (800) 776-6044 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The case is Giron v. VTech Electronics North America, L.L.C. in the Northern District of Illinois Eastern Division. A copy of the complaint is available at krcomplexlit.com.
Keller Rohrback is a leader in representing consumer and employee victims of data breaches. Keller Rohrback has a long track-record of success with data breach litigation, including the Ninth Circuit case Krottner v. Starbucks, where the court held that the theft of a laptop containing employees' personally identifiable information sufficed to confer Article III standing on plaintiffs.
The firm also represents plaintiff employees in the Sony Data Breach case, currently pending in the Central District of California. In addition, Keller Rohrback also represents plaintiffs in the Target consumer litigation, as well as the data breach cases pending against Anthem Inc., Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, and Experian Information Solutions, Inc.
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