BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:23 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Target Compromised 40 Million Debit And Credit Cards — Is Our Personal Data Ever Safe?

Target credit and debit card customers were notified Thursday that the company experienced a massive data breach in late November and early December.
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Boston Public Radio podcast for 12/19/13.

The Target Corporation revealed Thursday that the data of as many as 40 million customers may have been compromised after swipes at Target kiosks. If retail giants like Target are susceptible to hackers and thieves, what hope do consumers have of protecting personal data?

Jim Braude and Margery Eagan asked listeners what precautions they take with their data, and what they've done when their personal information was compromised.

Also on BPR:

  • Wendy Murphy, attorney and professor at New England Law Boston, weighed in on the death of Jennifer Martel. Martel's former boyfriend Jared Remy is a prime suspect in the death.
  • Harvard Business School Prof. Michael Norton talked about what science tells us about gift-giving, especially around Christmas. Norton coauthored a recent article with University of British Columbia Prof. Elizabeth Dunn called Three Myths About Gift Giving.
  • Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam looked at the reenvisioning of former Gov. Mitt Romney, the Juliette Kayyem campaign for governor, and why he reserves the right to contradict himself in print. (See more here from the interview.)
  • Kara Miller — host of WGBH's Innovation Hub — explained how programming algorithms are changing our real-world behavior. 

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