A Montreal man is leading a Canadian class action lawsuit against Target.
Evan Zuckerberg filed the lawsuit last week at the Montreal courthouse. He is one of 700,000 Canadians believed to be affected.
The American department store giant was the target of a large database breach prior to the Christmas holiday. Target reported hackers accessed the data of 40 million customers late last fall. The lawsuit contends Target did not adequately protect client data. Security expert Anthony Seaboyer says the data payload was a goldmine for thieves.
“Everything that is necessary to replicate physical cards with the data has been gained by these people through their credit cards,” Seaboyer says.
The lawsuit also alleges Target knew its data systems were vulnerable as early as 2007. For its part, Target is offering affected clients one year of identity theft surveillance. Seaboyer admits this compensation is difficult to administer.
“Target didn’t have an email list of the people who were targeted at the time, so they didn’t necessarily reach everybody.”
Seaboyer adds the case will be tricky, with burden of proof resting with the plaintiffs' ability to prove Target was negligent in protecting client data.
Target is also facing at least 80 other class action lawsuits in the United States.
The store's management has declined to comment on pending legal action.