Personal Data Briefly Exposed at NYC Bike Share


Operators of New York City’s bike-sharing program say a software glitch accidentally revealed personal and financial information of more than 1,000 of its account holders.

The Citi Bike program notified affected members of the problem in a July 19 letter, according to The Wall Street Journal, which reviewed the letter. The breach involved data including credit card numbers, security codes and expiration dates.

According to NYC Bike Share LLC, an “error log” containing personal data on Citi Bike account holders was “briefly accessible” on April 15.

A spokesman for the city Department of Transportation says nearly 1,200 customers were affected. He didn’t explain the delay between the discovery of the data breach and notification of affected customers.

Spokesman Seth Solomonow said there was no evidence any personal information “was maliciously accessed or misused.”