The UK might fine Marriot Hotel 99 Million Pounds for data breach

The UK might fine Marriot Hotel £99Million for Data Breach!

Following on from our previous article, it looks like countries are submitting claims against the Marriot Hotel Chain according to the Register UK.[1]

The UK’s Information Commissioners office is the first to file a claim for fining the hotel chain.

If other countries follow suit, it could be a very costly affair, not to mention the reputational damage to the hotel chain.

The Chief Executive of Marriot International stated:

“We deeply regret this incident happened. We take the privacy and security of guest information very seriously and continue to work hard to meet the standard of excellence that our guests expect from Marriott.”

Marriot had admitted to half a billion individuals data had been stolen.

Hotel guests who have previously made a reservation to stay at any of the following, Marriott or Starwood hotel (among others, the group also owns the Sheraton, Ritz-Carlton, and Renaissance brands) should go to the Starwood web page about the data breach.

Tips

Your data may be used by criminals who want to use your identity for financial gain.  Go to the website and check if the breach is relevant to you.

Some password managers and Antivirus products automatically tell you if they find your credentials being used elsewhere. This can include credit card information, email addresses and passwords for sites that you need a login.

Be proactive and get good security awareness advice 

[1] https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/07/09/marriott_hotels_ico_fine_intention_99m_starwood_breach/

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