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Marriott Reveals Data Breach Of 500 Million Starwood Guests
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November 30, 2018 via CNN

Marriott says its guest reservation system has been hacked, potentially exposing the personal information of approximately 500 million guests.

The hotel chain said Friday the hack affects its Starwood reservation database, a group of hotels it bought in 2016 that includes the St. Regis, Westin, Sheraton and W Hotels.

Marriott said hackers had gained "unauthorized access" to the Starwood reservation system since 2014, but the company only identified the issue last week.

"The company recently discovered that an unauthorized party had copied and encrypted information, and took steps towards removing it," Marriott said in a statement.'s ConvergeBlog
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Protecting Your Company From Data Breaches

November 20, 2018 via Alvarez & Marsal
Today’s market is more interconnected and data-driven than ever. Increasingly, digital business models, stronger reliance on third parties and public cloud data storage all contribute to greater efficiencies, however, these trends also increase a company’s risk of a serious data breach.
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Insurance Coverage In A "Me Too" World

September 2018 via Advocate Magazine

...because of the sheer quantity of claims and the charges against alleged perpetrators and those who allegedly enabled the misconduct, public attention has never been higher. This inevitably has led to the question of what insurance coverage might be available to pay for the defense of and settlement and judgments in such claims.
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Ensuring Hotel Websites Are ADA Compliant
November 26, 2018 via Lodging Magazine

Although the ability to maintain a claim against the owner or operator of a website that does not have a physical structure associated with its business is impacted by where the business is located, since hotels will always have a brick and mortar building or buildings linked, for lack of a better term, to their websites, no hotel is immune from a website accessibility lawsuit under Title III of the ADA.
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