R.I. probing TJX Cos.’ handling of records breach

PROVIDENCE – Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch today announced he has filed a Civil Investigative Demand (CID) in Providence County Superior Court against The TJX Cos. Inc., alleging that TJX failed both to prevent intrusions into its computer network and to promptly notify consumers that a security breach had occurred.
A Delaware corporation, whose principal place of business is Framingham, Mass., TJX is the parent of several retail chains – T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, Bob’s Stores and HomeGoods – that operate in Rhode Island.
A breach of its computer system, affecting the records of millions of consumers nationwide, was first made public by TJX on Jan. 17. More recently, the company has said the breach may have occurred as far back as 2003.
In his news release, Lynch accuses the company of “being negligent in its security procedures” and “failing to employ immediate and aggressive methods to notify [its] many customers of the distinct possibility that their identities had been – or were at risk of being – stolen.”
His CID alleges that TJX has put thousands of consumers at risk for fraud and identity theft. (A CID initiates an investigation of alleged violations of the R.I. Deceptive Trade Practices Act.)
Rhode Islanders with questions or problems related to the TJX security breach are asked to call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit, at 274-4400. Press “1” for English at the first prompt (or “2” for Spanish); at the next prompt, press “1.”

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