After Marriott Breach, Senators Push for Legislation

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 @ 04:12 PM gHale

Following the Marriott International hotel chain breach, U.S. Democrat Senators Mark Warne, Ed Markey, and Richard Blumenthal want data security and consumer privacy legislation.

The Marriott hotel chain disclosed a huge data breach on November 30 which affected 500 million customers who had their data stored in the chain’s Starwood guest reservation database.

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Moreover, the massive security breach happened in 2014, and Marriott found out about it on September 10 following an internal security alert regarding an attempt to access the Starwood reservation database.

“Breaches like this can lead to identity theft and crippling financial fraud. They are a black cloud hanging over the United States’ bright economic horizon. The American people deserve real action,” said Senator Markey. “It’s time for Congress to pass comprehensive consumer privacy and data security legislation that requires companies to adhere to strong data security standards, directs them to only collect the data they actually need to service their customer, and creates penalties for companies that fail to meet them.”

Senator Warner also requested new legislation requiring companies to limit the amount of data they collect from their customers, as well as remove the sensitive data they no longer use from their databases.

U.S. Senator Blumenthal said the failure to protect the sensitive data it was entrusted with by its customers highly increases their risk of being targeted by future identity theft and financial attacks.

Marriott completed its acquisition of Starwood in 2016.

In addition the Federal Trade Commission released an advisory about steps victims can take to in the incident.

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