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HSBC said it was doing everything that was “humanly possible” to resolve the situation.
Polo Ralph Lauren said it was informed last autumn that some of its customers’ credit card information “may have been misappropriated” but did not detail any specific incidents.
“Certain” data that was stored in its point of sale software was deleted immediately, the company said in a statement. It added it is confident its credit card system is now secure.
Recent mishaps have drawn attention to how companies protect personal information, especially if they sell this information on to insurance firms, law enforcement agencies and possible employers.
The US Senate has been hearing testimony from executives at LexisNexis, a database and information company owned by publishing giant Reed Elsevier.
LexisNexis has admitted that the personal details of 310,000 people have been improperly accessed since January 2003.
executives from the firm said that there may have been earlier unreported breaches of security.
Choicepoint, a firm that verifies personal information for banks, business and governments, has also had problems, admitting that data on 145,000 people had been compromised.
US law currently does not require firms to inform clients of a security alert.
It is up the individual states to legislate and critics claim that as a result there is a lack of national cohesion in efforts to fight credit card fraud.