NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — Acer Service Corp. will pay $115,000 to settle allegations of a data breach on its website that exposed more than 35,000 credit card numbers.

Acer is a computer manufacturer based in Taiwan and sells computers and other electronics on its website.

According to New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman's office, Acer allowed sensitive consumer information to go unprotected for close to a full calendar year. In addition to the monetary payment, Acer agreed to shore up its data security practices.

“Businesses have a duty to protect their customers’ personal information as securely as possible,” Schneiderman said. “Lax security practices like those we uncovered at Acer put New Yorkers’ credit card information and other personal data at serious risk. That’s unacceptable, and will change under the terms of our settlement today. My office will continue to hold businesses accountable for protecting their customers’ private information.”

Bureau of Internet and Technology Deputy Bureau Chief Clark Russell and Assistant Attorney General Aaron Chase handled the case for New York.

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