California court bars retailers from asking customers for ZIP codes
New York City — The California Supreme Court says merchants in the state can no longer ask credit-card customers for their ZIP codes, the Associated Press reported.
The high court ruled unanimously on Thursday that asking for ZIP codes violates a longstanding California law passed to protect the privacy of credit-card users.
The decision came in a lawsuit against Williams-Sonoma, whose clerk asked Jessica Pineda for her ZIP code several years ago, the report said. Pineda sued the company in 2008, alleging the retailer violated the credit-card law and her privacy.
The court said that the retailer’s request violated provisions of the law passed in 1990 that protects consumers from divulging personal identification information.
The ruling overturned an appeals court decision tossing out the lawsuit.
Survey: Credit-card fraud up in United States
New York City — One-third (29% ) of consumers across eight major economies have been victims of credit-card fraud in the past five years, according to the 2010 Global Card Fraud Survey by ACI Worldwide, an international provider of payment systems.
The United States has a higher instance of credit-card fraud than most other countries surveyed, with 32% of consumers falling victim in the past five years, up from 27% only 18 months ago, ACI’s 2010 Global Card Fraud survey. The number of credit-card fraud victims varies significantly by country — 43% of people in China for example, compared with only 11% in the Netherlands.
Kroger to open largest Atlanta-based supermarket
SMYRNA, Ga. — Tri-Land Properties has broken ground for the redevelopment of The Crossings at Four Corners here in Smyrna, Ga. The 8-acre site will be home to Kroger’s largest supermarket in the Atlanta area: a 96,000-sq.-ft. grocer replete with fuel station, a wine shop and drive-through pharmacy.
The project is expected to be completed by November, Tri-Land Properties announced. “The Crossings at Four Corners Kroger location is replacing an outdated, 42,000-sq.-ft., 40-year-old store located across the street,” Tri-Land stated in a release.
In addition to the new Kroger, the redevelopment will include the renovation of 60,000 sq. ft. of retail space and the development of eight outparcels available for development, as well as a 25,000-sq.-ft. pad available for a new anchor tenant, located adjacent to Kroger.
The completed center will reach 230,000 sq. ft.