Hannaford Defends Timing of Data Breach Disclosure

Some observers believe Hannaford Bros. waited too long to inform consumers of the security breach that exposed 4.2 million credit and debit cards to fraudulent misuse and led to about 1,800 cases of fraud so far.

SCARBOROUGH, Maine — Some observers believe Hannaford Bros. here waited too long to inform consumers of the security breach that exposed 4.2 million credit and debit cards to fraudulent misuse and led to about 1,800 cases of fraud so far. “There should be immediate disclosure — otherwise it puts consumers at risk,” said Paul Stephens, director of policy and advocacy, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, San Diego. In addition, the Boston Globe reported this week that Massachusetts officials felt the

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