An appeals court has dismissed a suit by patients of a Veterans Affairs hospital in Columbia, South Carolina, who alleged continual Privacy Act and Administrative Procedure Act violations, CyberScoop reports. The plaintiffs sought damages from "multiple thefts and data breaches related to the unencrypted personal information of 7,400" veterans, the report states. The plaintiffs also claimed that "at least" 17 more breaches had occurred at the hospital in question, the Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center. However, Fourth Circuit Judge Albert Diaz countered that there was a "lack of clear victimization" in the case, with the allegations being too speculative "to show that real harm or risk was present," the report states. However, "the plaintiffs pointed to the money they spent buying credit and identity monitoring but that too was deemed speculative by the court," the report adds.
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