Fidelity National Information Services, Certegy Check Services - 2007

A worker at one of the company's subsidiaries (Certegy Check Services, Inc.) stole customer records containing credit card, bank account and other personal information. UPDATE (8/27/07):The company first estimated that about 2.3 million records were affected but quickly boosted that number to 8.5 million in filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. A California law firm has filed a class-action suit charging Fidelity National Information Services (FIS) and one of its subsidiaries with negligence in connection with a data breach. UPDATE (11/23/07): A former database analyst at Certegy Check Services Inc., has agreed to enter a guilty plea to federal fraud and conspiracy charges in connection with the theft of data. UPDATE (7/7/08):A man has been sentenced to four years and nine months in jail and fined US $3.2 million for his part in the theft of consumer records from Certegy Check Services. UPDATE (7/7/08): A new settlement provides that all class members whose personal or financial information was stolen can get compensated up to $20,000 if they were not reimbursed for certain identity theft losses caused by the data theft. The losses covered could have occurred from Aug. 24, 1998, to Dec. 31, 2010. UPDATE (4/26/10): As part of a class action settlement in U.S. District Court in Tampa, consumers were given the opportunity to elect credit monitoring for one year or bank account monitoring for two years and were able to seek reimbursement of certain out-of-pocket costs incurred or identity theft expenses. Consumers also were able to request credit monitoring at the company's expense immediately after the thefts were announced. The settlement with the Attorney General's office ensures that Certegy will maintain a comprehensive information-security program. This program will assess internal and external risks to consumers' personal information, implement safeguards to protect that consumer information, and will regularly monitor and test the effectiveness of those safeguards. Certegy and its related entities also agree to adhere to payment card industry data security standards as those standards continue to evolve. As part of the settlement, Certegy is donating $125,000 to the Attorney General's Seniors vs. Crime Program for educational, investigative and crime prevention programs for the benefit of senior citizens and the community and will pay $850,000 for the state's investigative costs and attorney's fees related to the case.