Tennessee to get nearly $62K after 2017 data breach of hotel booking system

Posted at 2:02 PM, Jan 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-11 15:02:56-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — Tennessee will get nearly $62,000 as part of a multi-million dollar settlement following a 2017 data breach of Sabre Hospitality Solutions’ hotel booking system.

According to a release from Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery, Tennessee was one of 27 states that settled with the corporation after the data of 1.3 million credit cards was exposed in the breach. The settlement requires a payment of $2.4 million, of which Tennessee will receive $61,909.08 and injunctive relief.

The AG’s office said on June 6, 2017, Sabre informed its hotel customers of a data breach that occurred between August 2016 and March 2017, which the business had disclosed in a SEC filing the month before. However, the hotels, which were responsible for informing their customers of the breach, did not issue some notifications until 2018.

“When a data breach occurs, everyone down the line should be informed immediately,” said General Slatery. “This settlement seeks to protect both consumers and the customers who have provided sensitive information to a third-party vendor.”

The settlement also requires Sabre to try to determine whether its customers have provided notice to consumers, and to provide the attorneys general a list of all the customers that it has notified.

It also requires the company to implement and maintain a “comprehensive information security program, implement a written incident response and data breach notification plan, implement specific security requirements and undergo a third-party security assessment.”