Daily Digest (4/1)

UK Defers Fines in British Airways, Marriott Data Breaches; Global Leaders Use COVID-19 to Crack Down on Rights; US Judge Upends Jeep-Hacking Class Lawsuit; Court Backs Algorithm Bias Studies Over US Anti-Hacking Law. Click below for more.

New Marriott Breach Hits 5.2M Guests Worldwide

Marriott International Inc. said as many as 5.2 million guests worldwide might have had their names, loyalty account information and other personal data stolen in the hotelier’s second major breach in less than two years.

Marriott, based in Bethesda, Md., said Tuesday that it learned of the breach in late February and that “we believe this activity started in mid-January.”

Other information possibly accessed included addresses, telephone numbers, birthdays, information for linked companies like airlines and room preferences, USA Today reports.

The hack remains under investigation, but Marriott said it did not believe credit card information, passport numbers or driver’s license data were stolen.

In November 2018, Marriott said the data of as many as 383 million guests was hacked.

Unencrypted passport numbers for at least 5.25 million guests were accessed, as well as credit card information for 8.6 million guests, the company said.


  • privacyportal-cdn.onetrust.com/dsarwebform/0894cd2c-85ba-4d0b-8ec1-e18f3735e0e0/33594ced-a988-47c1-97c6-37764e40d3f6.html  (online form to check status)
  • usatoday.com/story/money/business/2020/03/31/marriott-new-data-breach-affects-5-2-m-guests/5097341002/

Global Leaders Use COVID-19 to Crack Down on Rights

Throughout Eastern Europe and elsewhere, rulers are assuming more power while they introduce harsh steps they argue are necessary to stop the coronavirus spread.

In Serbia, The Associated Press reports, President Aleksandar Vucic has suspended parliament, giving him widespread powers, including closing borders.

The Hungarian parliament has passed a law allowing the government to rule by decree for as long as a state of emergency is in force — and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s caretaker government has passed emergency measures that include postponing his own corruption trial.

“A state of emergency, wherever it is declared and for whatever reason, must be proportionate to its aim, and only remain in place for as long as absolutely necessary,” the human rights chief of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe told AP.


  • apnews.com/dffb2fa43d0c5fddc4508f2558603e67?utm

US Judge Upends Jeep-Hacking Class Lawsuit

A federal judge in Illinois has dismantled a certified class-action lawsuit involving 220,000 drivers in three Midwestern states alleging that Jeep Cherokees were vulnerable to hacking and remote control because of defective electronics.

U.S. District Judge Staci M. Yandle ruled Friday that the threat of future hypothetical harm didn’t give the drivers standing to sue, Law360.com reports.

Her decision saved Fiat Chrysler from a trial on three lawsuits involving drivers in Illinois, Michigan and Missouri.

The action was based on a hack by two highly trained researchers in a controlled experiment covered by Wired magazine in 2015, Law360 reports.


  • law360.com/articles/1258069

Court Backs Algorithm Bias Studies Over US Anti-Hacking Law

A federal court ruled that research aimed at determining whether algorithms caused racial or gender bias or other discrimination did not violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).

U.S. District Court Judge John Bates dismissed claims Friday by Attorney General William Barr that the law made it illegal to violate a website’s terms of service through certain investigative methods, Engadget.com reports.

Bates determined those approaches only raised the possibility of civil liability, not criminality.

The American Civil Liberties Union sued on behalf of academic researchers, computer scientists and journalists seeking to investigate corporate online practices.


  • engadget.com/2020-03-29-court-ruling-allows-algorithm-bias-studies.html
  • aclu.org/press-releases/federal-court-rules-big-data-discrimination-studies-do-not-violate-federal-anti

By DPN Staff