The Federal Trade Commission has just sued Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, the franchiser for Days Inn and Super 8 Motels in regard to data breaches that caused its customers to lose more than 10.6 million dollars in identity theft fraud losses. According to the FTC, Wyndham misrepresented the security measures that the company took to protect the private data of its customers. The FTC alleges that Wyndham’s security measures to prevent large scale data breaches are inadequate. Wyhdam is disputing the charges.
The lesson here is that it is important to remember that your private information such as credit card numbers and Social Security numbers are only as secure as the weakest place that holds this information. Before you do business with anyone where you will need to provide personal information that if it fell into the wrong hands could put you in danger of identity theft, confirm that they take adequate measures to protect your data that they hold.