Gov't Can't Tell People About Free Credit Monitoring From The VA
from the shhhhhhhhh dept
The continuing screwup of the Veterans Affairs data leak continues. We've noted in the past that every time one of these leaks come out, the leaking organization thinks the can get away with paying for a year's worth of credit monitoring -- which is exactly what the VA announced last week. Of course, the salivating class action lawyers aren't happy with that solution and have convinced a judge to ban the VA from promoting this offer, because it could prevent those people from getting even more out of the government from a class action suit (it's likely the offer includes language that people sign, saying that accepting the offer makes the ineligible for other attempts to collect). The lawsuit wants the credit monitoring to be permanent -- and $1,000 for each person whose data was lost. Of course, at this point, it seems a bit silly to say the VA can't advertise their offer, since the press has already discussed it widely (and it's getting further discussion because of the ban). While there's still no evidence that the data has been used or even noticed by the thief, those at risk should get credit monitoring turned on as quickly as possible. Why not just say that accepting the VA offer doesn't preclude other settlements at a later date?