A US judge has ended a proposed privacy class action against Walmart for an alleged data breach, finding the customer who sued the supermarket chain had not adequately pleaded his claims.

San Francisco resident Lavarious Gardiner had alleged hackers made Walmart customers’ personal information, such as names, addresses and financial account data, available for sale on the dark web.

In court filings, Walmart disputed there had been a breach. Gardiner did not specify when the alleged breach occurred, only that the disclosure is ongoing, Reuters news agency reported.

In a statement the company said it takes protecting customers’ data seriously, adding: “We are not aware of our data security measures being compromised, and we disputed the plaintiff’s allegations that the failure of our systems played any role in the public disclosure of his personally identifiable information.”


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