Motel 6 has agreed to pay $12 million to settle a lawsuit that accused the budget motel chain of sharing personal guest information with ICE.

Motel 6 illegally shared the personal information of about 80,000 customers for more than two years, according to @abcnews. This practice caused “targeted” ICE investigation into guests with Latino-sounding names, according to the Washington state attorney general’s office.

“Each time Motel 6 released a guest list, it included the private information of every guest at the hotel without their knowledge or consent, violating their expectation of privacy,” Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s office said in a statement. “The Motel 6 guest information disclosures led to significant harmful consequences, including the detention and deportation of many guests and the suffering of their families.”

The personal information released to agents included customers’ names, driver’s license numbers, passport or green card information, room numbers, guest identification numbers, dates of birth and license plate numbers.


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