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Infidelity Website Ashley Madison sued in US federal court as well as in Canada


Infidelity Website Ashley Madison sued in US federal court as well as in Canada
Facing acquisitions of two suicides in Canada, the controversial dating site for people seeking an extra-marital affair, Ashley Madison, now faces a law suit in the US.

The parent company of the website Avid Life Media is also part of the accused in the suit.
Ashley Madison has been in the news for all the wrong reasons since the last one month after hackers posted private details of members of the extra marital affair website, who included U.S. government officials, UK civil servants and high-level executives at European and North America corporations.

On Monday, the website was accused of having driven two people to commit suicide in Canada.

Class-action status has been sought against the website and its parent company in the lawsuit that was filed by a client named John Doe. The suit accuses the companies of causing him emotional damage after leaking “extremely personal and embarrassing information...accessible to the public” as well as financial information including credit card information.
The A class action lawsuit has been filed by law firms Charney Lawyers and Sutts and Strosberg LLP in another law suit in Canada against Ashley Madison and the parent company Avid Life Media.

“Numerous former users of AshleyMadison.com have approached the law firms to inquire about their privacy rights under Canadian law. They are outraged that AshleyMadison.com failed to protect its users' information. In many cases, the users paid an additional fee for the website to remove all of their user data, only to discover that the information was left intact and exposed,” a stamen from the firms said.

The law firms also appealed to the former and current users of the website to contact them in confidence and anonymity to strengthen the case.

The website was hacked by a team of hackers in July by a group that calls itself the Impact Team. The hackers stole highly sensitive information about 37million people who were members of the website, the lawsuit said.

Personal information about several US government officials, UK civil servants and high-level executives from European and North American companies were made public by the hackers. The group of hackers also dropped a 30GB archive which it said encompassed e-mails from the company's CEO Noel Biderman.

The law suit claimed that this hacking was preventable had the website taken the “necessary and reasonable precautions to protect its users’ information, by, for example, encrypting the data”.
This is not the first time that the infidelity website has hit the news for the wrong reasons, On Monday, the Canadian police announced the beginning of investigations into two suicides that it believes were linked to the hacking and the subsequent leaking of the information.
“As of this morning we have two unconfirmed reports of suicides that are associated because of the leak of Ashley Madison customers’ profiles,” Toronto police service staff superintendent Bryce Evans had said on Monday.

(Source: www.theguardian.com) 

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