Marriott hit with $124 million fine for 2018 data breach

The U.K. Information Commissioners Office (ICO) intends to levy a £99,200,396, or $124 million, fine against Marriott International in response to the data breach suffered by that company’s Starwood reservation data base in November 2018.

Marriott reported the ICO’s intention to impart the fine,
but said in a statement
the company will use its right to respond and “vigorously defend itself” before
any final determination is made and the fine actually issued by the ICO.

“We are disappointed with this notice of intent from the
ICO, which we will contest. Marriott has been cooperating with the ICO
throughout its investigation into the incident, which involved a criminal
attack against the Starwood guest reservation database,” said Marriott
International’s President and CEO, Arne Sorenson.

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