Target data breach sparks debate between banks and retailers as Congress examines issue

  • Article by: MARCY GORDON , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 4, 2014 - 2:30 AM

WASHINGTON — Banks and big retailers are locked in a debate over the breach of consumer data that gripped Target Corp. during the holiday season. At issue: Which industry bears more responsibility for protecting consumers' personal information?

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ajfroggieFeb. 4, 1411:56 AM

Bottom line: they're both (banks and retailers) at fault. But neither side will admit it. They'll just keep blaming the other side as exhibited in this article.

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mattieFeb. 4, 1412:43 PM

I steer clear of Target. In the back of my mind, I drive away from Target if I need to pick something up. Even though they are probably safer to shop now. Plus, the banks need to put their customers first and convert credit/debit cards to the microchip technology. Whats the matter with them!? we bail them out and they are still a big ungrateful out-of-touch bank thinking only of their bottom line.

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chuckhoovFeb. 4, 14 5:15 PM

While the banks are technically correct saying chip technology wouldn't have prevented the Target breach, they are not being genuine. The truth is that card chip technology would render nearly all of the Target data useless to a thief, so there would have been very little motivation for the theft in the first place.

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