Marriott Faces $124 Million Fine in the U.K. Over Starwood Data Breach

By Jesse Sokolow on 9 July 2019
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DSC_0370 (1)Marriott International said Tuesday that it faces a £99.3 million ($124 million) fine from the U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office as a result of the 2018 breach of its Starwood reservations database.

The hotelier will contest the penalty from the ICO, saying it will “respond and vigorously defend its position.”

The ICO is planning to fine the hotel chain under a new privacy rule known as the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, which came into effect last year in the European Union.

“The GDPR makes it clear that organisations must be accountable for the personal data they hold,” said Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham.

The incident took place in November 2018.

“A variety of personal data contained in approximately 339 million guest records globally were exposed by the incident, of which around 30 million related to residents of 31 countries in the European Economic Area,” the ICO said in a statement, adding that “seven million related to UK residents.”

The agency has been investigating the incident on behalf of other EU data protection authorities.

On Monday, the ICO said that British Airways had been fined £183 million ($222 million) for a website failure that compromised the information of 500,000 customers.

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