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Schneiderman announces settlement with computer manufacturer

Data breach exposed more than 35,000 credit card numbers; Acer Service Corporation must pay $115,000 in penalties and reform data security practices

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced a settlement with Acer Service Corporation, a computer manufacturer based in Taiwan, after a data breach of its website exposed over 35,000 credit card numbers.  An investigation by the A.G.’s office revealed that sensitive Acer customer information was not protected by Acer for almost a full calendar year. Acer has agreed to pay $115,000 in penalties and to shore up its data security practices.

“Businesses have a duty to protect their customers’ personal information as securely as possible,” said Schneiderman. “Lax security practices like those we uncovered at Acer put New Yorkers’ credit card (more…)

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