Ashley Madison Settles Class-Action Over Data Breach

Ashley Madison Settles Class-Action Over Data Breach

The high-profile hack left the personal data of more than 37 million users vulnerable and prompted class action lawsuits against the site's parent company Avid Life Media and Avid Dating Life, which owned and operated Ashley Madison. The money will go to affected users, with up to $3,500 paid to those with multiple accounts and proper documentation.

Since July 2015, ruby also has implemented numerous remedial measures to enhance the security of its customers' data.

Ashley Madison is to pay a sum of $11.2 million (roughly £8 million) to their clients who were victims of a major hacking attack.

Many users have since sued the company for providing inadequate levels of data security and Ruby Life has been attempting to strike a deal with those involved.

However, in July 2015 the site was breached, leading to the exposure of almost 36 million users' personal information including names, addresses, telephone numbers, credit or debit card numbers, email addresses, dates of birth, date of creation of accounts, last account update, account type, nickname, gender, ethnicity, sexual preferences, and relationship status.

"Therefore, Ruby wishes to clarify that merely because a person's name or other information appears to have been released in the data breach does not mean that person actually was a member of Ashley Madison", the company said.

"The parties have agreed to the proposed settlement in order to avoid the uncertainty, expense, and inconvenience associated with continued litigation".

Avid Dating Life has since renamed itself Ruby Life, and it has reached a settlement with a Dowd & Dowd, P.C, The Driscoll Firm, P.C., and Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC, who have led the plaintiffs' case. It also had to pay $1.66m to settle charges from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and 13 states, who alleged that the company misled its users about its privacy policy and did not do enough to protect their information.