Morgan Stanley to pay $60 million to resolve data security lawsuit

Source: Reuters

“Morgan Stanley (MS.N) agreed to pay $60 million to settle a lawsuit by customers who said the Wall Street bank exposed their personal data when it twice failed to properly retire some of its older information technology. A preliminary settlement of the proposed class action on behalf of about 15 million customers was filed on Friday night in Manhattan federal court, and requires approval by U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres. Customers would receive at least two years of fraud insurance coverage, and each can apply for reimbursement of up to $10,000 in out-of-pocket losses. Morgan Stanley denied wrongdoing in agreeing to settle, and has made ‘substantial’ upgrades to its data security practices, according to settlement papers. Customers accused Morgan Stanley of having in 2016 failed to decommission two wealth management data centers before the unencrypted equipment, which still contained customer data, was resold to unauthorized third parties.” (01/02/22)