According to a news report from, “In 2005, Papa John’s International Inc. beefed up security for its e-mail system after the company learned customer data had been exposed through a leak at the chain’s headquarters.”

“Although the data consisted mainly of names, addresses and e-mails, the leak is one example of a larger issue facing the restaurant industry: the breach of customer credit-card data,” said the story. “We’re clearly in an environment today where it makes good business sense to protect sensitive information such as cardholder data,” said Martin Elliott, vice president of emerging risk for Visa USA. “Why? Because customers have trust that their cardholder information is safe and kept in a secure manner.” The credit-card industry — including Visa USA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover — are cracking down on restaurants and merchants in an effort to better protect cardholder data.”

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