Data breaches are in the news again. Hotel operator Marriott International announced on November 30 that personal data from 327 million guests of its Starwood Hotels and Resorts subsidiary had been compromised, including passport details, phone numbers, email addresses, and financial payment info.
Another big data breach has made the news, this time from Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide (a subsidiary of Marriott International) in what might be the largest data breach in history. The legal and reputation fallout is likely to be massive. As a clearer picture of the damage emerges, Starwood's various online privacy statements and clickthrough terms and conditions will incisively scrutinized — as it will be here. Did Starwood follow clickthrough best practices, or did they render their terms meaningless?