Washington State University has negotiated a $5.26 million settlement over a potential data breach from 2017, The Spokesman-Review reports. The possible breach involved a stolen hard drive featuring the personal information of nearly one million people. Plaintiffs in the class suit claimed the burglary, which is still unsolved, was due to the university's negligent storage of the hard drive in an unsecure area. “While Washington State University disputes the claims made in the suit, the university has concluded that continued litigation would be even more expensive and time-consuming,” WSU spokesman Phil Weiler said in an email. “As a result, WSU has entered into an agreement to provide plaintiffs with additional credit monitoring and insurance services, as well as pay for certain lost time related to the theft and documented out-of-pocket costs.”
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