Trump Hotels Data Breaches

A leading data security expert named Brian Krebs has revealed that there have been three separate data breaches at Trump-branded properties in the past two years.


Mr. Krebs wrote:

“…I thought it might be useful to see these events plotted on a timeline, because it suggests that virtually anyone who used a credit card at a Trump property in the past two years likely has had their card data stolen and put on sale in the cybercrime underground as a result.” (Krebs post here)

Why do data breaches matter?

Data breaches are obviously very troubling incidents.  Businesses have certain duties to safeguard customers’ private information. Careless network security practices make businesses vulnerable to data breaches, and businesses have a legal duty to exercise great care when they collect customer information and process credit card transactions. Consumers suffer when their personal data is stolen because of careless information security practices.  Data breaches can be deeply unsettling to their victims, and can cause long term financial damage. When thousands of passwords and usernames are stolen, and posted on the Internet, or sold on dark corners of the web, people are undoubtedly hurt. Credit card information that is taken can be used to make clone cards that can then be used to pull money directly from victims’ accounts. Identity theft is a common consequence for data breach victims.

Why don’t businesses do more to prevent data breaches?

Just as banks have a duty to invest in vaults with impenetrable walls and thick steel doors, almost any business operating in the Internet age must have robust defenses against data thieves. Solid digital defense are expensive to design and implement. Businesses focused on cutting costs to improve their profits do not make it a priority to invest in proper network security. Businesses with sloppy network security do not live up to the legal duty of care required of them. Negligent network / information security practices can result in great harm to consumers.

Where are Trump Hotels?

The list of Trump Hotels in America is:

  • Trump International Hotel & Tower New York, New York
  • Trump SoHo, New York, New York
  • Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C.
  • Albemarle Estate at Trump Winery, Virginia
  • Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, Illinois
  • Trump National Doral Miami, Florida
  • Trump International Hotel Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Trump International Hotel Waikiki, Hawaii

The business has a website at

Will the Trump Hotels Data Breach Class Action be about Donald Trump‘s Presidency?

No. The focus of this (potential) case will be about whether Trump International Hotels Management LLC has used adequate data security practices to safeguard its customers’ Personal Identification Information (i.e. first and last names, home addresses, dates of birth, email addresses, ZIP codes) and Financial Information (i.e. credit card/debit card information, card numbers, PIN numbers, expiration dates).

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Constitutional Law

  • U.S. Constitution, 25th Amendment, Section 4 (Cornell Law School LII link here)
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  • Ethics Issue ‘Nonsense,’ Said Official Who Cleared Trump Hotel (Bloomberg Politics) (Bloomberg link here)

Cybersecurity & Election Interference

  • Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian interference in European elections (June 28, 2017) (YouTube) link here)
  • To Fix Voting Machines, Hackers Tear Them Apart (Wired) (link here)


  • Leadership Lessons from Gen. James Mattis (USMC Ret.) (YouTube) (link here)
  • Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World,William H. McRaven (USN Ret.) (Barnes & Noble) (link here)

Political Lawsuits

  • Republican donor from Virginia Beach sues GOP, accusing the party of fraud over failed Obamacare repeal (The Virginian-Pilot) (link here)

Political Books

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Presidential Quotes

  • “Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages.” – George Washington
  • “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” -Franklin Roosevelt
  • “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” -John F. Kennedy
  • “The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics, whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities.  We need men who can dream of things that never were, and ask why not?” -John F. Kennedy
  • “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. -That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…” -Thomas Jefferson
  • “This nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened…The heart of the question is…whether we are going to treat our fellow Americans as we want to be treated.” -John F. Kennedy
  • “You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything…Grab ’em by the [vulgarity deleted]. You can do anything.”-Donald Trump (transcript here)
  • “Up in New Hampshire – I won New Hampshire because New Hampshire is a drug-infested den – is coming from the southern border.” -Donald Trump (transcript here)


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11 responses to “Trump Hotels Data Breaches

  1. Not sure how to respond to this. You raise some interesting points. Thanks for taking the time to leave an interesting comment about the trump hotel data breach.

  2. Adam Gafney

    Glad to see that law firms are protecting the consumer rights when the government is failing to do the right thing. Data breaches and identity thefts ruin lives and the citizen with limited resources ends up buried with bureaucracy.

    • Adam, much appreciated. Some people are quick to criticize lawyers, so it is refreshing to receive a positive comment. It is true that data breaches can have serious negative consequences. It will be interesting to see what happens as a result of the Trump Hotel data breaches. 👁

  3. Erica T.

    I’m so glad that lawyers are holding people accountable for data breaches, even and especially when it’s our president, (not my president). Some people knock class action attorneys but honestly, you are helping rid us of evil corporations and protecting our rights so thank you! You are worth every penny you earn. I had a friend who had her identity stolen and it took her forever to recover, she spent so much time waiting to get her cards back and emotionally the toll was greater. Thank you for protecting us from further idenity theft and hopefully deterring people from being lax on their security and getting hacked by holding them accountable when this happens! Thank you!

    • Ridding America of evil corporations is not possible, but a data breach class action can help encourage a corporation to take cyber security more seriously. Thanks for taking the time to comment about the Trump Data Breach issue.

    • Jimmy Larson

      not YOUR president?? are you kidding me?? He’s done more ofr YOU than You’ve probagbly done in one day you pot smoking hippie. Seriously stop kissing the lawers asses and do something with yours, ERICKA

  4. Jimmy Larson

    Trump is making Amireca great again and if he has to use databreaches, I’m fine with thatt. Crooked Hillary sold her emails to Russia so talk about syber security. LAWYERS NEED TO GET OUT OF POLITICS. withtchhunt. This is fake news. Why is everyone out for trump. He is doing grate for ecomy and not Obama. Obama is a Muslim and was high on pot his whole presentsy. All these liberals are doing marajuna. don’t know what they are saying. If you get your identity stolen you shouldn’t have an identity to begin with. its your fault for having an identity in the firstt place. YOU ARE SO STUDPID. OPEN YOUR EYES. Trump is good at sports. Why do you care. Golf is a gift givven by Jesus Christ to the successfull. Trump hotels are very nice. people shouldn’t steel there data. Why is Obama spying on the trump hotels. Him and crooked Hillary are still after him. What did he do to you?

    • Wow, I can imagine you have some interesting talks around the campfire. You disregard autocorrect suggestions, the boundaries of reason, and all rules of grammar. Keep on being you!

      • Jimmy Larson

        right on brother. let me just be me thats just me ok. now to convence you what i’m saying alright.Trump hotels data breaches see you golfing ok.

      • Jimmy, I do not golf. As the night wears on, your comments seem less coherent.

  5. Jimmy Larson

    i cant reply ok so im going to yhou think im a drunk you hippie asshole you are worse than oboma and crocket Hillary together drain the swamp and the lawers like you hippie asshole go first. chain and cement is al i’m saying ok. stop giving a shit abuouit trump data breach ok the trump hotel is great you trump is a great man.

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