Marriott faces class action over hacked data

Marriott International is facing a class action lawsuit from millions of customers who saw their personal details stolen in a mass data breach in 2018.

Technology consultant Martin Bryant is leading the legal action in London’s high court on behalf of people living in England or Wales who made a reservation to stay at one of Marriott International’s Starwood properties before 10 September 2018.

Those who reserved rooms in any of the affected hotels around the world, including Marriott’s W Hotels, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, Westin Hotels & Resorts and Le Méridien Hotel & Resorts, will be automatically included in the lawsuit unless they decide to opt out.

Personal data including credit card details, passport numbers and the dates of birth of more than 339 million guests were stolen in a hack of its global guest reservation database that originated in Starwood’s system before the merger of the two companies.

“I hope this case will raise awareness of the value of our personal data, result in fair compensation … and also serve notice to other data owners that they must hold our data responsibly,” Bryant said.

Bryant is represented by the law firm Hausfeld, and the claim is being funded by Harbour Litigation Funding.