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Massachusetts federal judge says zip code is definitely maybe "personal identification information" . . . implores parties to seek state court certification.

USA - January 12 2012 In an extension of the spate of litigation surrounding California’s Song-Beverly Credit Card Act and other laws like it, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts in Tyler v. Michaels Stores, Inc., Civ. No. 11-10920-WGY (D. Mass. Jan. 6, 2012), followed the California Supreme Court’s lead in ruling that ZIP codes are “personal identification information” within the meaning of Mass. Gen. Laws, ch. 93, 105(a)....

Michaels Stores still pinned beneath payment card skimming lawsuit

USA - December 16 2011 In May 2011, Michaels Stores reported that “skimmers” using modified PIN pad devices in eighty Michaels stores across twenty states had gained unauthorized access to customers’ debit and credit card information....

Site targeting "tweenagers" misses the mark: FTC announces settlement of alleged COPPA violations

USA - November 11 2011 The Federal Trade Commission recently announced its settlement with the operator of www.skidekids.com concerning allegations that the operator violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Rule by collecting personal information about children without obtaining parental consent....

Zip-lined out of court: Williams-Sonoma obtains dismissal of New Jersey zip code collection suit

USA - October 4 2011 On September 26, Judge William Walls of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey ruled that a putative class action lawsuit against home goods retailer Williams-Sonoma failed to state a claim under New Jersey law....

Veto, veto, pass! New governor means new breach notification law in California

USA - September 7 2011 On Wednesday, August 31, 2011, California became the third state this year to amend its existing security breach notification law when Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 24 (“SB 24”)....