New York State has just announced new rules to crack down on a common problem that’s been cropping up in many pizza restaurants around the country.
The rules, set to go into effect Jan. 1, will require businesses to use one of the following passwords:password is for pizza,password is not for pizzaYou may also need to enter the password for the business on your smartphone or tablet.
The password is for your personal information.
In some cases, the password will be required to log in to a mobile application or website, such as on a restaurant’s website.
The rules will also force restaurants to keep track of their password history and notify customers if they’re found to have used a password that’s not theirs.
“In New York, this is the largest consumer protection program we’ve ever seen,” said David Siegel, senior vice president at the New York Attorney General’s office.
“We will be issuing more than 1.6 million notices and penalties and in the past, the New Yorkers who have been identified have been notified within a matter of hours.”
Siegel said that in some cases the notices and fines will be as high as $400.
He said he’s confident these new rules will work and are intended to keep restaurants honest and to prevent the spread of this type of password fraud.
“The message here is very simple: if you don’t have your password, you’re not going to get in,” Siegel said.
“And you’re probably not going have a pizza,” he added.
“If you have a password, it doesn’t matter what it is.
You need to know your password.
If you have your phone, you need to be able to log into your phone.”