PHOENIX - A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Maricopa County Community College District after personal information of 2.5 million current and former individuals in their database was exposed.
Those affected include students, applicants, parents, employees, vendors, businesses and more.
The lawsuit, filed April 28, states that the district failed to "adequately protect the confidential, private personal information" including names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, Social Security numbers, birth dates, demographic information and other financial information.
The data was reportedly found for sale on the internet by the FBI. Court documents say the district knew of vulnerabilities that may have led to this, but failed to create a solution to the problem.
Some individuals whose information was exposed have already suffered identity theft issues.
The lawsuit is asking the district to compensate for the damages and to secure personal information.