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National Restaurant Association - Legal reminder: Double-check your credit- and debit-card receipts

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Legal reminder: Double-check your credit- and debit-card receipts

We've heard that some businesses still are not complying with a federal law that prohibits businesses from showing expiration dates and more than the last five digits of a card number on electronically printed receipts.

A quick refresh: The Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003 prohibits businesses from showing expiration dates and more than the last five digits of a credit card number. The law applies to electronically printed receipts provided to consumers at the point of sale.

The law has been in full effect since December 2006. In 2008, at the urging of the National Restaurant Association and other groups, Congress clarified that because of some confusion over the way the 2003 law was worded, merchants who before May 2008 had truncated card numbers but failed to delete expiration dates could not be sued for "willful noncompliance" with the law. However, from May 2008 forward, businesses who violate either part of the law -- i.e., failing to restrict card digits to five or fewer, or failing to remove expiration dates from electronically printed receipts -- are liable for full penalties.

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