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The Marriott hotel chain says data from customers at Starwood hotels dating back to 2014 has been breached. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

Marriott International is an American multinational diversified hotel services company that administers and grants franchises to a broad portfolio of hotels and related lodging establishments. The same chain was founded by J. Willard Marriott. Currently, the company is now run by his son, Executive President Bill Marriott, and President and CEO Arne Sorenson.

Marriott International is the largest hotel chain in the world. In fact, it has more than 6,500 properties in 127 countries and territories around the world. In addition to this, more than 1.2 million rooms (until September 2017) and 195,000 additional rooms in the development process.

An important fact to note is that in 2017, Marriott ranked 33rd in Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list, its 20th appearance on the list.

Violation of guest data

Although this chain is of great prestige, the Marriott hotel chain has admitted data breaches that affect up to 500 million guests since 2014. And it was announced that the personal information of up to 500 million people who stayed At Starwood Hotels between 2014 and 2018 you may have had your personal information stolen.

Likewise, Starwood hotels, such as Sheraton and Westin, are affected, including those in Canada. In fact, the chain revealed details of the violation, which is the second largest personal data theft in history.

The Marriott chain has said that its own Marriott brand hotels are not affected. This is because they use a different software system that was not violated. However, anyone who has stayed at a hotel owned by Starwood between 2014 and September of this year may have been robbed of their data.

According to Marriott, hotels owned by the Starwood chain are affected. Among them are:

  • W Hotels.
  • St. Regis.
  • Sheraton Hotels & Resorts.
  • Westin Hotels & Resorts.
  • Element Hotels.
  • Aloft Hotels.
  • The Luxury Collection.
  • Tribute Portfolio.
  • Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts.
  • Four Points by Sheraton and Design Hotels.
  • Starwood-branded timeshare properties.

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