AG settles with Trump hotel chain over data breaches
September 23, 2016
As published by the Albany Times Union on September 23, 2106.
The office of state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has reached a settlement with Donald Trump’s hotel chain over multiple episodes in which credit card information and other personal data were exposed by malware that invaded the chain’s computer system.
Trump International Hotels Management agreed to pay $50,000 in penalties and improve its data security practices.
“It is vital in this digital age that companies take all precautions to ensure that consumer information is protected, and that if a data breach occurs, it is reported promptly to our office, in accordance with state law,” said Schneiderman in a statement. “Consumers personal information are all too often exposed to wrong-doers with ill-intent. We will continue working to help protect hardworking New Yorkers from all forms of identity theft.”
Schneiderman’s office is pursuing a more widely known civil case against the Republican presidential nominee involving alleged fraud perpetrated by Trump University, the now-shuttered success academy. Trump has denied those allegations; the case could come to trial just after the general election.
The data theft came to light in May 2015, after multiple banks analyzed hundreds of fraudulent credit card transactions and determined that THC was the last merchant where a legitimate transaction took place.