Marriott and Starwood Face Lawsuit over Data Breach

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CBJ — A class-action lawsuit by Canadians is moving ahead against Marriott International and Starwood Canada regarding a serious data breach.

At least three proposed class actions have been launched in Toronto and Montreal against the U.S.-based company that recently revealed hackers stole contact, credit card, passport and travel information belonging to as many as 500 million guests over four years.

The plaintiffs in the actions, which have yet to be certified, are accusing the company of negligence because they say Marriott and Starwood were “reckless” with and did not safeguard personal information.

Marriott has declined to discuss the cases or accusations, saying it does not comment on pending litigation.

Marriott and Starwood, which have refused to share how many Canadians may have had their data breached, operate 77 former Starwood branded hotels in Canada.

Marriott purchased Starwood two years, becoming the operator of brands including W Hotels, St. Regis, Sheraton and Westin.

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