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Wyndham Settles Data Breach Charges in Precedent-Setting Agreement With FTC

The hotel chain Wyndham Worldwide Corp. has settled data breach charges with the Federal Trade Commission, Reuters' Jonathan Stempel reports. The case was precedent setting because it was a test of the FTC's power to regulate data breaches as unfair or deceptive trade practices.

In the settlement, Wyndham must "establish a comprehensive information security program designed to protect cardholder data including payment card numbers, names and expiration dates," Stempel reports. The regulatory action was taken for breaches in which customers' credit card numbers were stolen.