NOTICE OF DATA BREACH
MAY 17, 2023
About the data privacy Incident
Rainbow Grocery is making individuals aware of an incident that may affect the privacy of certain information. Rainbow Grocery is providing notice of the event so that potentially affected individuals may take steps to protect their information, should they feel it appropriate to do so.
Frequently asked questions
What Happened? On February 26, 2023, Rainbow Grocery discovered a card skimmer on one of its cash registers. Rainbow Grocery immediately removed the card skimmer and disconnected the PIN pad from its network. Rainbow Grocery promptly commenced an investigation with the help of third-party forensic specialists to determine the nature and scope of this incident. Rainbow Grocery also notified Federal law enforcement and worked expeditiously to provide notice to affected individuals.
What Information Was Involved? Rainbow Grocery’s investigation determined that an unauthorized person installed a card skimmer on one of Rainbow Grocery’s PIN pads and may have wirelessly intercepted certain users’ payment card information from magstripe swipe transactions between February 10th and February 26, 2023.
What Rainbow Grocery is Doing. The security, confidentiality, and integrity of information within Rainbow Grocery’s care are among our highest priorities. Upon learning of the event, Rainbow Grocery immediately took steps to contain this incident and launched a forensic investigation. In addition to this website notice, Rainbow Grocery is providing written notice directly to individuals believed to be impacted by this incident for whom they have contact information and providing them with an offer of complimentary credit monitoring services. Rainbow Grocery also notified federal law enforcement, media outlets, and appropriate state and Federal regulatory authorities.
What You Can Do. Rainbow Grocery encourages potentially impacted individuals to remain vigilant against incidents of identity theft and fraud, to review account statements, and to monitor their credit reports and explanation of benefits forms for suspicious activity. Rainbow Grocery is providing the advice below on how to obtain free credit reports and how to place fraud alerts and security freezes on their credit files and is also providing contact information for the three major credit reporting agencies.
For More Information. Individuals seeking additional information regarding this event may call (415) 863-0620 during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time, 7 days a week (excluding U.S. holidays). Individuals may also write to Rainbow Grocery at 1745 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. Additional information can also be found on Rainbow Grocery’s website at www.rainbow.coop.
Steps Individuals Can Take to Protect Their Personal Information
Under U.S. law, a consumer is entitled to one free credit report annually from each of the three major credit reporting bureaus, Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. To order a free credit report, individuals may visit www.annualcreditreport.com or call, toll-free, 1-877-322-8228. Individuals may also directly contact the three major credit reporting bureaus listed below to request a free copy of their credit report.
Consumers have the right to place an initial or extended “fraud alert” on their credit file at no cost. An initial fraud alert is a 1-year alert that is placed on a consumer’s credit file. Upon seeing a fraud alert display on a consumer’s credit file, a business is required to take steps to verify the consumer’s identity before extending new credit. If an individual is a victim of identity theft, the individual is entitled to an extended fraud alert, which is a fraud alert lasting seven years. Should an individual wish to place a fraud alert, please contact any one of the three major credit reporting bureaus listed below.
As an alternative to a fraud alert, consumers have the right to place a “credit freeze” on a credit report, which will prohibit a credit bureau from releasing information in the credit report without the consumer’s express authorization. The credit freeze is designed to prevent credit, loans, and services from being approved in individuals’ names without their consent. However, individuals should be aware that using a credit freeze to take control over who gets access to the personal and financial information in their credit report may delay, interfere with, or prohibit the timely approval of any subsequent request or application individuals make regarding a new loan, credit, mortgage, or any other account involving the extension of credit. Pursuant to federal law, individuals cannot be charged to place or lift a credit freeze on their credit report. To request a security freeze, individuals will need to provide the following information:
Should an individual wish to place a fraud alert or credit freeze, please contact the three major credit reporting bureaus listed below:
Equifax Fraud Alert, P.O. Box 105069 Atlanta, GA 30348-5069
Experian Fraud Alert, P.O. Box 9554, Allen, TX 75013
TransUnion Fraud Alert, P.O. Box 2000, Chester, PA 19016
Equifax Credit Freeze, P.O. Box 105788 Atlanta, GA 30348-5788
Experian Credit Freeze, P.O. Box 9554, Allen, TX 75013
TransUnion Credit Freeze, P.O. Box 160, Woodlyn, PA 19094
If any individuals had a username and password involved in this incident, we recommend those individuals change the password and any security question or answer for those account(s) immediately. If individuals reuse usernames and passwords for other online accounts, it is recommended those individuals change the password and any security question or answer for those online accounts, as well. Further, as a general precaution, individuals should never use the same password for more than one online account. When creating passwords, they should be complex and not contain personal information.
Individuals may further educate themselves regarding identity theft, fraud alerts, credit freezes, and the steps they can take to protect their personal information by contacting the consumer reporting bureaus, the Federal Trade Commission, or their state Attorney General. The Federal Trade Commission may be reached at: 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20580; www.identitytheft.gov; 1-877-ID-THEFT (1-877-438-4338); and TTY: 1-866-653-4261. The Federal Trade Commission also encourages those who discover that their information has been misused to file a complaint with them. Individuals can obtain further information on how to file such a complaint by way of the contact information listed above. Individuals have the right to file a police report if they ever experience identity theft or fraud. Please note that in order to file a report with law enforcement for identity theft, individuals will likely need to provide some proof that they have been a victim. Instances of known or suspected identity theft should also be reported to law enforcement and the state Attorney General. This notice has not been delayed by law enforcement.
For District of Columbia residents, the District of Columbia Attorney General may be contacted at: 441 4th St. NW #1100 Washington, D.C. 20001; 202-727-3400; and oag.dc.gov.
For Maryland residents, the Maryland Attorney General may be contacted at: 200 St. Paul Place, 16th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202; 1-410-528-8662 or 1-888-743-0023; and https://www.marylandattorneygeneral.gov/.
For North Carolina residents, the North Carolina Attorney General may be contacted at: 9001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-9001; 1-877-566-7226 or 1-919-716-6000; and www.ncdoj.gov.
For Rhode Island residents, the Rhode Island Attorney General may be reached at: 150 South Main Street, Providence, RI 02903; www.riag.ri.gov; and 1-401-274-4400. Under Rhode Island law, you have the right to obtain any police report filed in regard to this incident. There are no known Rhode Island residents impacted by this incident to date.
For New Mexico residents, you have rights pursuant to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, such as the right to be told if information in your credit file has been used against you, the right to know what is in your credit file, the right to ask for your credit score, and the right to dispute incomplete or inaccurate information. Further, pursuant to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the consumer reporting bureaus must correct or delete inaccurate, incomplete, or unverifiable information; consumer reporting agencies may not report outdated negative information; access to your file is limited; you must give your consent for credit reports to be provided to employers; you may limit “prescreened” offers of credit and insurance you get based on information in your credit report; and you may seek damages from violator. You may have additional rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act not summarized here. Identity theft victims and active duty military personnel have specific additional rights pursuant to the Fair Credit Reporting Act. We encourage you to review your rights pursuant to the Fair Credit Reporting Act by visiting www.consumerfinance.gov/f/201504_cfpb_summary_your-rights-under-fcra.pdf, or by writing Consumer Response Center, Room 130-A, Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20580.
For New York residents, the New York Attorney General may be contacted at: Office of the Attorney General, The Capitol, Albany, NY 12224-0341; 1-800-771-7755; or https://ag.ny.gov/