UH settles data breach lawsuit

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The University of Hawaii has settled a class action lawsuit involving five data breaches between 2009 through 2011.

Approximately 98,000 UH students, faculty, alumni, UH employees and others who were part of the data breaches will receive two years of credit monitoring and fraud restoration services as part of the settlement.

The breaches occurred at University of Hawaii at Manoa, University of Hawaii at West Oahu, Kapiolani Community College, and Honolulu Community College.

"The settlement is historic for several reasons," said Thomas Grande, who represents the class. "First, this is the largest class case filed or settled in Hawaii. It also is the first data breach settlement in Hawaii," Grande noted.

The settlement, which is still subject to court approval, will be administered by Kroll Background America, Inc., a firm specializing in providing credit monitoring and fraud restoration services.

"Credit monitoring services may cost as much as $5 to $15 per month if purchased individually. We are extremely pleased that the University has negotiated a settlement package that provides these services to every class member who wants them," Grande said.

Class members will be sent a letter by March 1, 2012 that will allow them to sign up for the credit monitoring services online.

University faculty, students, and alumni will also be sent e-mails to inform them of the credit monitoring services.

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