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    Vermont Attorney General Fines Local Business For Failing To Notify Consumers Of Security Breach

    Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell announced that his office has fined (pdf) Shelburne Country Store in Shelburne, Vermont, because of a security breach that affected customers’ privacy:

    Shelburne Country Store in Shelburne, Vermont will pay a $3,000 civil penalty for failing to inform 721 internet buyers of a security breach of their credit card information. In late 2013, the company’s website was hacked and credit card information stolen. Upon being informed of the breach in January 2014, the company quickly fixed the problem, but did not notify consumers until it was contacted by the Attorney General’s Office. […]

    Under Vermont’s Security Breach Notice Act, businesses are required to send the Attorney General a confidential notice within 14 business days of discovery of a data breach. The business must also send notice to consumers in the most expedient time possible, but no later than 45 days.

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