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Motel 6 sued by Washington state for sharing customer information with feds

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The state of Washington is suing Motel 6, alleging the low-cost hotel chain repeatedly provided detailed information about guests to federal immigration authorities for at least two years in violation of a state consumer protection law.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Wednesday that at least six corporate-owned hotels provided U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials daily lists of guests, including their names, driver’s license numbers, dates of birth and room numbers.

“The scale of what Motel 6 was doing is deeply disturbing to me,” Ferguson said. “My message for Motel 6 is I am taking this case very, very seriously. They will be held accountable.” Ferguson said Motel 6 committed more than 9,000 violations of the state’s Consumer Protection Act for what he described as egregious privacy violations from about Jan. 1, 2015, through September 2017.

Officials at Motel 6, which is owned by private-equity firm Blackstone Group LP












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 , didn’t respond to requests for comment Wednesday. The chain has said in the past that it instructed hotel operators to refrain from voluntarily and routinely sharing guest information with federal immigration authorities.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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