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$110,000 Settlement Reached in Restaurant Case

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

March 29, 2011

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has reached a settlement with a restaurant company in a breach that compromised "tens of thousands of consumers' payment card information," the Hunton & Williams Privacy and Information Security Law Blog reports. The suit against the Briar Group, which owns several Boston-area bars and eateries, alleged hackers accessed the company's computer systems in 2009. In addition to the $110,000 fine, the company must comply with state data security regulations and Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards. Coakley said her office "will continue to take action against companies that fail to implement basic security measures on their computer systems to protect the sensitive information entrusted to them by consumers."
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