Another new data breach was reported. Nationwide hotel operator, White Lodging Services, said it is investigating a suspected data security breach that may have compromised credit card and debit card information of customers who stayed at properties in eight states last year.
The company said the suspected breach affected cards used at hotel restaurants and lounges between March 20 and Dec. 16 at 14 properties it manages. The company did not say how many customers may have been affected. The properties include hotels under various Marriott, Hyatt and Hilton brands and include more than 30 restaurants.
Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill today executives from Target and Neiman Marcus, as well as officials from the Federal Trade Commission, Secret Service and the Justice Department, will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The committee is investigating the data breaches that compromised tens of millions of customers’ personal information at the end of 2013.
Retailers and credit card companies are battling over who is ultimately responsible for the breach and for prevention of future attacks.
Retailers and credit card companies are battling over who is ultimately responsible for the breach and for prevention of future attacks. Retailers argue banks should upgrade security technology for credit and debit cards. Banks, for their part, argue retailers should tighten security measures for processing card transactions. Both industries have powerful lobbies on Capitol Hill. One point on which they agree is the call for Congress to standardize the way consumers are notified when a breach occurs. Four different congressional committees have hearings scheduled this week. The shared goal is to ease consumer concerns about the security of their personal information. A recent Associated Press/Gfk poll found nearly 50% of Americans surveyed said they’ve become extremely concerned about the vulnerability of their personal data.