- Associated Press - Saturday, October 29, 2016

HOBART, Wis. (AP) - Village of Hobart leaders are warning people to be careful in handling credit card receipts from businesses run by the Oneida tribe after a lawsuit failed to prevent the tribe from including select personal information on the documents.

Village president Rich Heidel tells USA Today Network-Wisconsin (https://gbpg.net/2e5eZXS) that the message was intended as a public-service announcement that credit cardholders who used Oneida businesses were at greater risk of identity theft because of what Oneida businesses display on their receipts.

The leaders cite a recent court case in which the tribe was unsuccessfully sued for continuing to include expiration dates and more than five digits of shoppers’ credit card numbers on transactions.

Oneida spokeswoman Bobbi Webster says the issue isn’t about consumer protection and that Hobart is trying to harm its businesses.

“It’s a very inflammatory message and it’s aimed at harming our businesses, not protecting the consumers,” Webster said. “It’s ridiculous that Hobart would . focus only on the Oneida Nation’s businesses. Hobart should advise consumers to be cautious with all retail transactions, not just those involving Oneida businesses.”

Receipts from the tribe’s businesses display eight digits of a customer’s credit card number, Webster said in an email Wednesday.

At issue is how the two sides interpret the portion of the U.S. Fair Credit Reporting Act that prohibits merchants from including credit card expiration dates and full credit card numbers on receipts.

Jeremy Meyers filed a class-action suit against the Oneidas in 2014 after he saw more than five digits of his card number on receipts from the Oneida Travel Center and the Oneida One Stop. The suit claimed the tribe had been violating the act.

Wisconsin-based U.S. District Judge William Griesbach ruled the tribe was immune from the lawsuit because FCRA does not apply to Indian tribes under an exception called “sovereign immunity.” The U.S. Court of Appeals later affirmed the ruling.


Information from: Press-Gazette Media, https://www.greenbaypressgazette.com

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