Names, email addresses and passport numbers are among the details affected by a data breach at the Marriott hotel group, which owns Dublin's Westin Hotel.The data breach occurred after the guest reservation database of the chain's Starwood division in the US was compromised. A staggering 500 million guests' data may have been exposed during the breach, which began in 2014 and was spotted on September 8 this year. Guests who made bookings before September 10 this year may be affected.The database stored information including passport numbers, dates of births, names, addresses and phone numbers for 327 million guests. Marriott said some guests' credit card information may also be affected.Work is continuing, but the firm said the breached database contains the information of up to half a billion guests who booked before September 10.Payment card numbers and expiration dates were also stored for some.The Data Protection Commissioner's Office hasn't received any official notification of … [Read more...] about Owner of Dublin’s Westin Hotel caught up in global data breach affecting up to 500 million customers
Data breach notification laws
Uber will pay $148 million and tighten data security after the ride-hailing company failed for a year to notify drivers and customers that hackers had stolen their personal information, according to a settlement announced Wednesday. Uber reached the agreement with all 50 states and the District of Columbia after a massive data breach in 2016. Instead of reporting it, Uber hid evidence of the theft and paid ransom to ensure the data wouldn't be misused. "This is one of the most egregious cases we've ever seen in terms of notification. A yearlong delay is just inexcusable," Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said in an interview with the Associated Press. "And we're not going to put up with companies, Uber or any other company, completely ignoring our laws that require notification of data breaches." Uber, whose GPS-tracked drivers pick up riders who summon them from cellphone apps, learned in November 2016 that hackers had accessed personal data, including driver's license … [Read more...] about Uber agrees to $148M settlement with states for 2016 data breach
The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the biggest overhaul of data privacy laws in over 20 years. The law will come into force on May 25, giving EU citizens new rights over how their personal data are used. Companies doing business in the EU will face new rules on how they handle people’s data and stiff penalties for breaching the law. Here are some key elements of GDPR: NEW DEFINITION OF PERSONAL DATA Under GDPR, personal data is anything that relates to an identified or identifiable individual. For example: name, address, email address, location data or computer IP address. Sensitive data, such as religious beliefs, racial or ethnic origin, sexual orientation or trade union membership, are subject to extra protections. STRONGER RIGHTS FOR EUROPEANS People living in the EU will get the right to: – Receive clear and understandable information about who is processing their data and why. – Access data an organisation holds about them. … [Read more...] about Europe’s new data protection law: what will change?
FACEBOOK users who had their data swiped without their permission by Cambridge Analytica told The Sun they are livid at the social network. The social network began sending out notifications to users impacted by its latest breach earlier this week. Around 87 million people are believed to have had their info snatched without consent by a rogue app called "This is Your Digital Life", whose creator then shared that data with Trump-affiliated firm Cambridge Analytica. Until recently, the snatched info was thought to have been limited to bits from public profiles, including phone numbers, email addresses, and political and religious leanings. But Facebook buried a shocking revelation in its data notification, admitting that around 1,500 users also shared their private messages with the shady app. And people are understandably outraged by it all. So, I got a notification that some of my information was shared with Cambridge Analytica because of an app a Facebook friend used and I … [Read more...] about Facebook users caught in data breach are fuming at the social network
BRITS impacted by the Facebook data scandal could be owed £12,500 each in compensation, claim lawyers. Around a million people in the UK are thought to have been affected by the breach, which saw a firm called Cambridge Analytica obtain the info of 87 million Facebook users without their permission. The social network is already staring down a possible trillion-dollar fine in the US as part of a Federal Trade Commission probe, and it could be left with a massive bill on this side of the pond too. Dispute resolution lawyer Jonathan Compton told the Mail Online that those affected could complain to UK's data protection watchdog, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), or make a claim through civil courts on the grounds that losing their data had been "distressing". 'The start point for any award might be between £10,000 and £12,500," Compton, a partner at DMH Stallard, said. "This will vary of course if the personal information is comparatively trivial or very serious … [Read more...] about Brit victims of the Facebook data breach could be owed £12,000 payouts by the social network