AdultFriendFinder Faces Lawsuit After 2016 Data Breach

Adult dating website AdultFriendFinder is facing a lawsuit in California after a man claimed his personal information was compromised by the site.

FriendFinder Networks Inc. is accused of having failed to apply basic standards of user protection, and of not notifying users when the information was leaked.

Plaintiff Alejandro Gutierrez has raised the case personally and on behalf of others who were impacted by a 2016 data breach.

Allegedly, hackers accessed 339 million accounts in the AdultFriendFinder system – the second-largest data leak this century. 71% of the leaked profiles are said to be US-based.

Gutierrez has requested a trial by jury, seeking “judgment against defendant; certification of the class action; award of actual, compensatory, statutory and punitive damages; disgorgement; restitution; equitable and injunctive relief; attorney’s fees; costs; interest; and other relief as may be available.”

Yesterday, GDI reported that Digisec Media Limited Sprl, the company which owns RichMeetBeautiful, will defend its advertising practices in Belgian court this week.

The sugar dating platform was criticised by government officials after running a mobile billboard campaign featuring slogans such as “Improve your lifestyle, go out with a sugar daddy”.

Digisec is defending against accusations of “sexual immorality or prostitution of others”, “publicity encouraging sexual immorality or prostitution of others”, and “breaching the law relating to the fight against sexism in public”.

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Scott Harvey

Scott is the Editor of Global Dating Insights. Raised in Dorset, he holds a BA from The University of Nottingham and an MSc from Lund University School of Economics and Management. Previously he has written about politics, economics and technology for various online publications.

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