Marriott International Group has admitted that around 500 million customers have had their personal data put at risk. The Marriott hack, which is believed to affect people in the UK, is one of the most serious data breaches of its kind.
The stolen data includes information such as passport numbers, emails, dates of birth, gender and mailing addresses, and in some cases reservation dates. Marriott, has also said that it has not been able to rule out that credit card information had been exposed.
This theft of personal and financial information could lead to identity and financial fraud which has the potential to turn a person’s life upside down.
Committed to helping victims of data breaches and cybercrime to achieve the justice they deserve, at Hayes Connor Solicitors we are now considering launching a group action to compensate UK victims of the Marriott data breach. And, if you are a Marriott International customer, we can take on your claim on a no-win, no-fee basis.
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Who has been affected by the Marriott data breach?
This data hack affects customers who have made reservations in one of the following hotels or timeshare properties:
- W Hotels
- Sheraton Hotels & Resorts
- Westin Hotels & Resorts
- Element Hotels
- Aloft Hotels
- The Luxury Collection
- Tribute Portfolio
- Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts
- Four Points by Sheraton
- Design Hotels
- Starwood timeshare properties.
Marriott International has already admitted the breach. Customers who have been affected should soon know if their data has been put at risk (if you haven’t been told already). If you are a Marriott International customer and you haven’t received an email make sure that you check your junk mail folder.
While the breach was discovered on 8th September 2018, it could affect customers who made a booking at any of these hotels as far back as 2014.
Marriott has also established a dedicated call centre to answer questions you may have about this incident. You can find out more about this here.
What is happening now?
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is aware of the situation. The ICO is the independent authority charged with upholding data protection rights in the UK.
A spokesman for the ICO has said: “We have received a data breach report from Marriott Hotels involving its Starwood Hotels and are making enquiries. We advise people who may have been affected to be vigilant and to follow advice from the ICO and National Cyber Security Centre websites about how they can protect themselves and their data online.”
But, while the ICO has the power to impose hefty fines on organisations who fail to meet the requirements of the Data Protection Act, it does not award compensation.
What should you do now?
To protect yourself following the Marriott data hack check out our steps to follow after a data breach.
If you have suffered damage or distress caused by the Marriott data breach, you also have a right to claim compensation.
To date, Marriott International has begun notifying customers, but has offered no monetary compensation. However, even if compensation is offered, it’s vital that you are not fobbed off by a low amount.
Make a data breach compensation claim
If you want to hold Marriott International to account, we can help.
If you have received an email from Marriott letting you know that your details have been put at risk, get in touch. We’ll let you know if and when you can claim. You can also read our step by step guide to making a data breach claim here.
Depending on the number of customers affected and the severity of the breach we may offer you the option of a group claim. Two US-based law firms have already filed class action lawsuits against Marriott International. We are looking to do the same for customers in the UK. Find out more about group actions here.
If you want to join our group action we need you to register with us. This guarantees that you will form part of the compensation claims that will be lodged by us.