June 6, 2023: The Supreme Court of British Columbia dismissed the plaintiffs’ application to certify this proposed class proceeding based on a conclusion that the pleading did not disclose a reasonable cause of action. A copy of the Court’s decision is available here. The plaintiffs intend to pursue an appeal to the Court of Appeal for British Columbia.
This is a proposed privacy class action against South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (a.k.a. “TransLink”) arising out of a massive data breach affecting the personal information in the custody or under the control of TransLink, which was publicly revealed in December of 2020. This class action alleges that the data breach resulted in the loss, theft or compromise of highly sensitive personal information of TransLink’s employees and its other stakeholders, including but not limited to their extremely sensitive and valuable banking information.
Specifically, this lawsuit alleges that the data beach occurred as a result of TransLink’s failure to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and at common law to protect Class Members’ personal information in their custody or control by way of reasonable security measures and to not disclose that private information without being provided proper authorization. This lawsuit seeks to recover compensation for the damages and losses suffered by Class Members as well as for the risk of significant harm to Class Members’ property, finances, creditworthiness, reputation, and relationships which has resulted from the data breach.
Class Membership Criteria
This class action is brought on behalf of all persons whose personal information was impacted in or as a result of the TransLink Data Breach.