Motel 6 reboots its security platform with Crossbeam Systems, Inc.
Visa has removed Global Payments from the Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance list after last week's security violation involving 1.5 million card holders, confirmed Paul Garcia, Global Payments' chairman and CEO, during a conference call today.
With the increasing amount of customer data available to marketers these days, information gathering can be overwhelming.
Brands take active steps to protect sensitive customer data, prevent data breaches, gain consumer trust and streamline their collection processes and email messaging.
MasterCard and Visa have alerted card holders through Twitter feeds of a security violation on issued credit cards.
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A criminal accessed Zappos consumer account information, the online retailer said in a Jan. 15 blog post.
Companies that suffer a data breach would be required to notify the federal government, law enforcement and consumers if a bill introduced this week by US Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) is signed into law.
As the online consumer privacy debate takes shape on Capitol Hill, direct marketing agencies are educating their clients on how to actively engage consumers though mobile and social media but stay within legal and ethical bounds.
Marketing services firm Epsilon has added new security enhancements to its email marketing platform in collaboration with Verizon Business, Epsilon president and CEO Bryan Kennedy told Direct Marketing News on June 28. The new features include enhanced protection for Epsilon's information technology (IT) infrastructure and the ability to track malicious IP addresses.
Citigroup said June 9 that it recently discovered an unauthorized person hacked the files of about 1% of its Citi North America bank card accounts.
A recent report from Proofpoint, an email security supplier, found 35% of US companies investigated a suspected email leak of confidential or proprietary information in the past 12 months.
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An ongoing Sony Corporation investigation into the April database breach of Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) systems revealed hackers may have accessed the personal information of an additional 24.6 million customers, the company said in a statement May 3.
Retail store chain The Children's Place is notifying customers that an unauthorized third party accessed its email address database. The company said in a statement that no personal information, other than email addresses, was obtained, and that the data was stored with an external email service provider.
The recent headlines about email data breaches have rightly caused all of us to review our security procedures and policies. No system is perfectly secure, but there are steps to take in order to avoid a breach.
Email marketing vendor Epsilon said late last week that it detected a security breach March 30 that compromised the names and email information of several clients' customer databases. Impacted companies include JPMorgan Chase & Co., Walgreens, Best Buy, Ameriprise Financial and TiVo, according to media reports. Epsilon said April 6 that the breach affected about 2% of its total client base, and that no personal identifiable information, such as Social Security numbers, credit card numbers or account information, was accessed.
Google settled Federal Trade Commission charges on March 30 that it violated consumers' privacy, as well as its own policies, when it launched social network Google Buzz in February 2010. The FTC had charged Google with violating the Federal Trade Commission Act by using Gmail customers' information for Google Buzz without their consent, according to the FTC.
The Interactive Advertising Bureau expanded its data use and control task force into a permanent "data council" on February 28. The group will address the collection and use of consumer data and related issues. IAB will launch initiatives through the group to educate marketers and agencies about data gathering, and to clarify what kinds of data can be collected through media buying.
The results of the Small Merchant Data Security Survey, sponsored by First Data and the National Retail Federation, might leave consumers feeling a bit naked in the wind.
Nielsen said today that it may have under counted website traffic data at a number of US websites.
The critically acclaimed film 'The Social Network' probably isn't the only thing bothering Facebook executives this week.
Microblogging site Twitter settled Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived customers and put their privacy at risk by failing to safeguard their personal data. It marks the first time the FTC has brought a data security case against a social network.
Arrests were made last week in the largest data breach case ever - 130 million credit card numbers were stolen earlier this year from five corporate entities. The good news is that the US Department of Justice is on the case. But this was only the latest in a long line of data fraud incidents.
Three men were indicted in New Jersey on August 17 for stealing more than 130 million credit and debit card numbers, according to the US Department of Justice. It is the largest hacking and identity theft case ever prosecuted by the Justice Department.
E-mail is one of the most important tools of communication for companies, but security risks can make using the channel a challenge. As we saw with the Twitter hack last month, sensitive information in circulating via e-mail and if this is hacked can leave a company's private plans exposed. In addition, a company can be at risk if their customer's private data becomes exposed.
Network Solutions, a provider of Web-related services for small and medium businesses, has started reaching out to customers about a data breach that was discovered in early June. Credit card information on 573,928 individual consumers may have been compromised in the breach, which Network Solutions publicly reported at the end of the day on July 24.
A recent hack of Twitter corporate data off of the Google cloud server, combined with increasing consumer wariness, has made security "in the cloud" a buzz-worthy issue this summer.
Direct marketing services provider Direct Group has formed a new Compliance & Critical Communications business unit, which will help clients plan for and execute compliance communications in response to data breaches involving identity- or privacy-related information. Direct Group reports that the number of data breaches increased 47% in 2008, as tallied by the Identity Theft Resource Center, with a total of 656 reported breaches compared to 446 in 2007.
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