Optus class actions: This is who’s eligible to join

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Two law firms are considering class actions against Optus over the data breach. (Source: Getty)

Two law firms are considering class actions against Optus over the data breach which exposed the personal details of millions of Aussies.

Maurice Blackburn and Slater and Gordon have both announced they are investigating possible class actions against Optus to seek compensation for customers impacted by the breach.

Tens of thousands of Australians have reportedly registered their interest – and some legal experts think the settlement could be worth billions.

Am I eligible to join?

If you are a current or former Optus customer, you can register your interest to join the class actions. You can do this on the Maurice Blackburn and Slater and Gordon websites.

To register you’ll need to provide your:

  • Name

  • Email

  • Phone number

  • Address

At this stage, Maurice Blackburn and Slater and Gordon are still investigating the claim and have not formally commenced legal proceedings.

But if a class action is commenced and you’ve registered, they will get in touch with you and give you more information about joining.

You can register your interest with both law firms.

It is free to register and to participate in the potential class actions.

Optus engages lawyers

It comes as Optus’ parent company Singtel engages lawyers over the potential lawsuits.

"Any class action will be vigorously defended, if commenced," Singtel said in a statement.

Assistant treasurer Stephen Jones said ‘lawyering up’ was a bad look for Optus.

“Frankly, I think the Australian people want to see Optus deal with the crisis instead of engaging and briefing lawyers,” he told reporters.

“Their number one priority should be communicating with the customers and ensuring them that they have put every step in place to ensure that the bad situation, which resulted from their botch-up with the data handling, isn’t made worse by having that lead to fraud and misuse of that data now.”

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