USA – A US gambling operator has sued the Illinois Gaming Board over an alleged data breach following the rejection of a casino racetrack proposal near Chicago.
It is reported that the gaming operator is alleging that one of the staff members at the Illinois Gaming Board has accessed and leaked sensitive data about the firm and its owner, to the federal agencies.
Among the details of sensitive data that has been breached are financial records, personal data and information about the firm’s family members.
According to a lawsuit filed this week by Rick Heidner, it states:
“Despite requiring licensees and associated individuals to hand over a veritable treasure trove of their most sensitive data, the evidence will show that the IGB’s approach to protecting Mr. Heidner’s data has been careless and cavalier, at best.”
Last month, the Illinois Gaming Board stated the potential breach of privacy in a notification to lawmakers in the Land of Lincoln:
“An IGB [Illinois Gaming Board] employee may have improperly accessed confidential information on IGB licensees and applicants and disclosed this information without authorization or justification to three federal government entities.”
Rick Heidner currently owns and operates Gold Rush Gaming, a Terminal Operator with over five hundred locations in the US. The firm has partnerships with some of the leading brands in the gambling industry; Bally, IGT, WMS, Spielo, Novomatic, and the m3t Terminal.