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This past week global hotel chain Marriott International (500 million) and Quora (100 million), one of the largest Q&A internet portals, announced security breaches compromised their data. How should users respond?

For approximately 327 million Marriott guests the information included some combination of name, mailing address, phone number, email address, passport number, Starwood Preferred Guest account information, date of birth, gender, arrival and departure information, reservation date, and communication preferences. For some, the data also included encrypted payment card numbers and expiration dates.

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Roy Urrico

Roy W. Urrico specializes in articles about financial technology and services for Credit Union Times, as well as ghostwriting, copywriting, and case studies. Also: writer/editor of a semi-annual newsletter for Association for Financial Technology since 1997 and history projects funded by the U.S Interior Department, National Park Service and Warren County (N.Y.).

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