Professor Myriam Gilles is quoted in Yahoo Finance regarding the Marriott data breach, which involved unauthorized access to Starwood guest information going back to 2014. The information that hackers gathered included customers' names, mailing addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, passport numbers, Starwood Preferred Guest account information, dates of birth, gender, and reservation dates. Some customers had their credit card information hacked as well.
For anyone whose information was hacked, they may find themselves automatically included in a class-action suit.
Professor Giless commented, “One of the biggest benefits of a class-action is that it discourages companies from engaging in fraud or other illegal activities. If a bank or credit card company can steal $50 each from millions of people without any concern, they’re going to do it over and over again."
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