UPMC Must Protect Workers' Personal Info, Pa. Justices Rule

By Matt Fair (November 21, 2018, 2:53 PM EST) -- Employers in Pennsylvania have an affirmative legal duty to protect workers' sensitive data from possible hacking, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in a proposed class action over a data breach compromising the personal information of tens of thousands of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center employees.

The justices said that UPMC's collection of workers' personal data as a condition of employment saddled the health care giant with the responsibility to take reasonable care to protect that information against the risk of a cyberattack.

"Employees have sufficiently alleged that UPMC's affirmative conduct created the risk of a data breach," Justice Max Baer...

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