AFGE Sues TSA as a Result of Data Breach

May 10, 2007

AFGE Sues TSA as a Result of Data Breach

The Transportation Security Administration recently announced that an external hard drive containing archived employment records had been lost. The missing data included names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, and payroll and bank account information for some 100,000 employees.

AFGE immediately took action and filed a lawsuit against TSA. AFGE Locals 1, 1234 and 777, and four Transportation Security Officers are named as plaintiffs in the case; however, AFGE filed the suit on behalf of TSOs around the country.

AFGE Response:

AFGE Sues TSA for Reckless Violation of Privacy Act

Calling the recent loss of employee personal data a breach of the Privacy Act, AFGE—which represents employees throughout the Department of Homeland Security, including the TSA—on May 8 filed a class action lawsuit against the TSA.

Members Only: Click here for a copy of the complaint.

TSA Employees: Identity Theft Help benefit through AFGE

“Inside Government” featuring AFGE NVP Andrea Brooks, General Counsel Mark Roth, and Legislative Representative Charity Wilson

  • Fight to secure collective bargaining rights for TSA officers
  • AFGE lawsuit against TSA for data breach
  • EEOC issues at TSA
  • AFGE in the News:

    TSA seeks hard drive, personal data for 100,000
    USA Today, May 4

    Airport Screeners' Union Sues Transportation Security Administration Over Missing Employee Data
    Associated Press, May 8

    Air Marshals Among 100,000 TSA Employees Hit by Data Breach
    Congressional Quarterly, May 8 (subscription only, click above for article)

    Probe launched into missing TSA hard drive
    USA Today, May 8

    Airport Workers Sue TSA Over Missing Hard Drive
    Wired, May 9

    President Gage interviewed about TSA lawsuit
    Federal News Radio, May 9

    Labor union files suit over TSA data loss
    GovExec, May 9

    Union sues TSA over loss of data on employees
    Federal Times, May 9

    TSA Sued by Union over Lost Hard Drive
    NewsFactor, May 9

    Union files suit against TSA for data breach
    Federal Computer Week, May 9

    TSA admits to losing external hard drive
    Monsters and Critics, May 9

    Screeners Union Sues TSA Over Data Losses
    Aero-News Network, May 10

    Union sues TSA over data breach
    SC Magazine, May 10

    National Union Sues TSA Over Security Breach
    Information Week, May 11

    DHS: Do As We Say, Not As We Do
    Aviation Nation, May 11

    AFGE Files Federal Class Action Complaint Against TSA Over Loss of Worker Information
    Government Employee Relations Report, May 15

    Additional Media Coverage:

    Employee records in computer hard-drive lost: TSA
    Reuters, May 4

    Data on TSA employees missing
    UPI, May 5

    TSA Hard Drive With Employee Data Is Reported Stolen
    Washington Post, May 5

    TSA hard drive with employee data missing
    Washington Times, May 5

    TSA Fumbles Its Own Security
    Aero-News, May 7

    Social Insecurity Numbers
    Washington Post Editorial, May 7

    TSA suffers data loss; lawmakers watch closely
    Federal Computer Week, May 7

    TSA is missing hard drive with employees’ personal information
    Times, May 7

    Senator Cites 'Negligence' In Id Breach
    UPI, May 7

    Homeland insecurity
    Washington Times Editorial, May 8

    US TSA loses hard drive containing employee info
    iTWire (Australia), May 8

    The TSA Question: "Oh Hard Drive, Where Art Thou?"
    Portal IT (Romania), May 8

    Missing TSA Hard Drive Could Be Used Against Air Marshals
    Wired, May 8

    TSA Loses 100,000 Employee Records
    Dark Reading, May 8

    Lost TSA Drive Underscores Need for Encryption
    CIO Today, May 8

    Chertoff Questioned on TSA Data Breach
    House Homeland Security Committee press release, May 10

    TSA breach prompts call for new data protection measure
    Gov Exec, May 11

    TSA Still Not Sure if Missing Hard Drive Was Encrypted
    Congressional Quarterly, May 15



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