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News Story
5/22/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - EBay Inc came under pressure on Thursday over a massive hacking of customer data as three U.S. states began investigating the e-commerce company's security practices. Connecticut, Florida and Illinois said they are jointly investigating the matter. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman requested eBay provide...
Blog Post
2/27/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
Data breaches at major retailers Target and Neiman Marcus during last year's holiday shopping season affected more than 100 million people and focused new attention on the need to protect person information stored online. While it's clear that tough data breach legislation must be enacted, California Attorney General Kamala Harris is...
Video
2/18/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
The California Assembly Judiciary and Assembly Banking and Finance Committees gathered today to discuss the data breaches atcompanies such as Target, Neiman Marcus and Michaels. Target and Neiman Marcus refused to attend. Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog, appears before the committees to talk about why it happened and what can be done.
Blog Post
2/18/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
110 million Americans had their personal financial information breached at Target. That 's one out of two adult Americans. I was in Sacramento today to testify in front of a joint California Assembly committee hearing investigating the breach. And yet Target did not send a single representative to Sacramento today to answer questions about...
News Story
2/18/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO — Credit cards embedded with microchips, which have dramatically reduced fraud around the world, are on their way to U.S. consumers, financial experts told California lawmakers on Tuesday. But they cautioned the transition will be slow and costly, and it will not be a cure-all to problems such as the massive security breaches...
News Story
1/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast segment. The security breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus have raised questions over how quickly companies are required to disclose that customer information was hacked. Joe Raedle/Getty Images You might think that retailers have to let you know right away if they get hacked...
News Story
1/20/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
In theory, stores must notify their shoppers about data theft A decade of lawmaking by states to ensure customers are told when their data has been hacked still lets companies such as Target wait weeks or even months to disclose security breaches. Forty-six of 50 U.S. states have passed laws requiring disclosure, but the laws vary in terms of...
News Story
1/16/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Most states have their own "security breach laws" requiring companies to notify consumers if their credit card numbers have been stolen The recent data breach at Target highlights the growing role of states in protecting people's online data and privacy. Attorneys general in Connecticut, Illinois and New York are leading a multistate...
Video
1/11/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Department store Neiman Marcus confirmed that its database of customer information was hacked last month. The data breach occurred around mid-December, the same time as the Target attack. John M. Simpson of Consumer Watchdog speculates on the delay of announcement.
News Story
1/11/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Think twice next time a store asks for your phone number, email or zip code. If you fork it over, you're feeding the beast of consumer data collection -- and putting your own information at risk. Target's disclosure that credit card thieves hacked a database of 70 million customers is a wake-up call. "It...