Union sues feds over data breach: 5 key points

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The American Federation of Government Employees, the largest federal workers union, has filed a class action lawsuit against the government in response to the massive data breach of the Office Personnel Management, according to The Hill.

Here are five key points.

1. The agency announced a breach in June that compromised files on 4.2 million current and former federal employees. Shortly after, the federal government revealed a second unrelated breach that compromised the PHI of millions.

2. The AFGE lawsuit calls for a jury trial for OPM Director Katherine Archuleta and OPM CIO Donna Seymour.

3. This not the first time the OPM leaders have come under scrutiny in regards to the breach. Earlier this week, 18 congressmen sent President Obama a letter calling for the removal of Ms. Archuleta and Ms. Seymour.

4. The AFGE lawsuit is likely the first of a series of lawsuits, according to the report. Major data breaches are often followed by multiple suits.

5. The OPM seems prepared for the likelihood of legal action. In its notification letters to affected individuals, the agency denied liability for the breach, according to the report.  

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