600 claimants bring collective action against C-Planet

12 October 2020

An application for a collective action, brought by more than 620 claimants, has been filed before Malta’s Civil Courts against C-Planet (IT Solutions) Limited for breaching data protection laws. The initiative for the collective action was led by The Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation and Repubblika.

The application requests the Court to quantify and award the damages that the claimants have suffered as a result of the breach of their personal data, in accordance with the provisions of Regulation 2018/679 (‘GDPR’).

Dr Antonio Ghio, Dr Carl Grech, Dr Deo Falzon, Dr Sarah Cannataci and Dr Michael Zammit Maempel signed the application.

The deadline to join the collective action was 1 October, announced on 20 September.

Checking tool removed

When we discovered the data breach, the Foundation created a tool that allowed anyone to check whether their data had been leaked by C-Planet by entering their ID card number. The tool was previously hosted on tool.daphne.foundation and was called L-Aqwa Data.

To save on hosting costs, and because it is no longer needed now that the application has been filed, we removed this tool.