This class action lawsuit was filed on November 18, 2010 on behalf of more than 100,000 University of Hawai'i faculty, staff, alumni, students, and guests who were victims of one of four data breaches by the University of Hawai'i in the last eighteen months. Class members' names, social security numbers, dates of birth, credit card and other personal information were exposed. You do not have to take any steps at this time to become a member of the class.

The case seeks seeks an injunction: (a) mandating that the University of Hawai'i take appropriate measures to ensure the protection of private information within its possession and (b) monetary damages to provide credit monitoring, credit insurance and fraud restoration services to class members.

If you are a victim of any UH data breach and your credit card or social security number has been improperly used, please email us at . Please describe in detail what happened and include your complete contact information.

If you were a victim of the October 2010 breach, you can find out what type of information was released by going to and entering your name.

For more information, see the Frequently Asked Questions page.

January 11, 2011-Informational Briefing at the State Capitol on Recent Security Breaches at the University of Hawaii and Other Agencies

An informational hearing before the Committee on Economic Development and Technology and the Committee on Education will be held at the Hawaii State Capitol in Conference Room 016 at the State Capitol on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 1:15 p.m.. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss recent security breaches involving the University of Hawaii and other agencies and to review recommendations for safekeeping personal information held by government agencies. For further information go to:

December 22, 2010 Honolulu Star-Advertiser Editorial: Data Security Needs Attention

A December 22, 2010 Honolulu Star Advertiser Editorial calls for legislation that deals with the issue of data breaches and the need for more stringent requirements for notification to victims of data breaches. The need for such legislation has been underscored by four data breaches by the University of Hawaii which affected 100,000 victims in the past two years. Senator Mike Gabbard will introduce legislation addressing these problems. The Liberty Coalition, a private data watchdog, published a report December 20, 2010, which details the UH breaches and outlines suggested solutions.

December 20, 2010 Star Advertiser: Gabbard wants a law addressing data leaks

Senator Mike Gabbard will introduce legislation modeled after proposals by the Liberty Coalition, a non profit Washington D.C. civil rights watchdog group, which will call for greater accountability by state agencies for data breaches and further provide for more stringent notification requirements and notice to victims of data breaches. More than half of the approximately 479,000 data breaches in Hawaii since 2005 are attributable to mishandling by the University of Hawaii.

KHON coverage

KHON gives a concise summary of the class action in the article University of Hawaii sued for security breaches.

KITV coverage

KITV's Denby Fawcett detailed the Liberty Coalition's report on the breaches in her November 17th report: UH Slammed For Exposing Students' Private Information.

KITV's Denby Fawcett interviewed Attorney Tom Grande in her November 18th report: UH Sued For Allegedly Violating Student Privacy Rights.

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