In Pineda v. Willliams-Sonoma Stores, Inc., S178241 (Cal. Supreme Court, February 10, 2011) (Pineda), the California Supreme Court held that the Song-Beverly Credit Card Act of 1971 (the “Credit Card Act”) prohibits businesses from requesting and recording a cardholder’s ZIP code as a condition to accepting the credit card as a form of payment, and that a ZIP code constitutes “personal identification information” (“PII”) under the Credit Card Act. The case has drawn significant attention because of the broad language of the court’s opinion and its impact on retailers who do business in California.
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