Cincinnati Data Privacy Attorney and Security breach lawyer reviewing recent data breach infractions and filing cybersecurity lawsuits on behalf of plaintiffs nationwide
The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear Fiat Chrysler’s class action lawsuit appeal over allegations that Jeep vehicles are vulnerable to hacking. This is one of the first legal cases involving automotive cybersecurity risks, in a growing data privacy litigation legal area.
The recent court decision opens litigation and consumer protection rights regarding potential cybersecurity issues and hacking attacks on individuals and businesses. The connectivity of system software connects much of an individual’s life—from a cell phone to vehicle to any other device holding software and personal information.
Car owners in the U.S. sued Fiat Chrysler and Harman International Industries, which manufactures the Uconnect infotainment system in Ram, Dodge, Jeep and Chrysler trucks. According to lawyers connected with the lawsuit, cyber security systems have been breached by criminals looking for access to the infotainment system.
Car Security & Class Action Lawsuits
Plaintiffs in the Jeep case allege that Fiat and Harman were aware of the security defects as soon as 2011, noting that cyber security experts revealed the defect. In 2015 an article in Wired showed researchers hacking a Jeep Cherokee while it was driving, garnering much attention in the cybersecurity community.
Jeep owners and consumers say that had the security defects been known, they would not have purchased the Jeep vehicles. Fiat Chrysler and Harman have denied these allegations. There are more than 200,000 class members involved in the class action lawsuit. Plaintiffs are seeking $50,000 per car impacted.
Data Privacy Attorney & Jeep Lawsuits
Since Fiat Chrysler failed to fix the defect, the courts have allowed lawsuits to continue to be filed, and safety advocates say companies responsible for security breaches should face legal action to prevent such
To simplify the tech issue, hackers are able to control engine management systems in some cars by exploiting a security defect in Fiat-Chrysler’s uConnect software, which connects vehicles Wi-Fi to the public internet via a cellular network.
Chrysler eventually recalled 1.4 million vehicles to upgrade the software and fixed the defect. Another 4.8 million vehicles were recalled to fix a software defect that could lock the vehicle’s cruise control.
If you have experienced a cybersecurity attack, privacy or data breach, and have questions about the legal remedies available, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, a Cincinnati data privacy attorney, and he will help you answer these critical questions.