Zack Whittaker reports:
Hotel chain giant Marriott will now let you check if you’re a victim of the Starwood hack.
The company confirmed to TechCrunch that it has put in place “a mechanism to enable guests to look up individual passport numbers to see if they were included in the set of unencrypted passport numbers.” That follows a statement last month from the company confirming that five million unencrypted passport numbers were stolen in the data breach last year.
The checker, hosted by security firm OneTrust, will ask for some personal information, like your name, email address, as well as the last six-digits of your passport number.
Read more on TechCrunch.
Note that you do not have to input your passport info – that’s merely recommended. You do need to input your first and last name, email address, and town, state, country, and zip code.
I tried the form using two different email addresses. After each submission, I was told to check my email for a confirmation email link that I would need to click to confirm. It’s two hours later, and I haven’t received any emails asking me to confirm my request. Zack had reported, “The checker won’t kick back a result straight away — you’ll have to wait for a response — and Marriott doesn’t say how long that’ll take.” I didn’t anticipate that even the confirmation email might take a long time.
Surely this part could have been handled more promptly???
Update: More than 30 hours later, I (finally) received the emails asking me to click a link to confirm my request. On clicking the link, I got the confirmation of request promptly.
Update of March 12: Today, I received the results of my inquiries.