IRS Wants Data Breach Suit Tossed For Lack Of Standing

Law360, New York (February 4, 2016, 1:35 PM EST) -- The Internal Revenue Service told a D.C. federal judge Wednesday that not only is it immune from a proposed privacy class action over a 2015 data breach that affected roughly 330,000 taxpayers, but the citizens who brought it offer no proof the incident directly caused them any harm.

In a motion to dismiss, the IRS contends that Becky Welborn, Wendy Windrich and Beth DuPree have done nothing to show a direct link between their alleged injuries and a 2015 cyberattack on the agency’s “Get Transcript” online service, therefore they lack standing to allege violations under the Privacy Act and Internal Revenue...

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