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With the news cycle laser-focused on the looming threat of a COVID-19 second wave happening in nearly every territory, it is up to each and every hotel to ensure we are all fully compliant with virus safety guidelines in order to restore group booking confidence. And the only way to ensure compliance with these safety guidelines is through contactless and compliance technologies to give guests a strong guarantee of proper sanitization as well as peace of mind.

A great deal has been written over the years about the viability of moving a hotel’s property-management system (PMS) to the cloud to take advantage of the latest technologies, but hoteliers need to realize that it’s not the only viable option. All platforms have advantages, including self-hosted, private cloud and on-premise solutions that leverage the latest mobile, contact free and web-based technologies. Independent operators can still enhance the digital guest experience, support personalized and mobile check-in, deploy contact free technologies, and secure hotel/guest data even if their PMS does not reside in the cloud. It should not be a question of “Cloud or On Premise?” but rather “Does the PMS solve your business objectives in both technology and service?”

Much has been written in the mainstream hospitality press about the challenges COVID-19 has presented to the industry. Hotels are in more pain than at any time in our memories. Because of the extensive media coverage, I won’t dwell on this topic further in what is primarily a technology column. But it’s the background for this week’s column, and so merits acknowledgement.

Are You All In?
Posted: 07/27/2020

Imagine everyone in your organization engaged, aligned, and performing to their potential. Imagine everyone playing “All In.”

Great organizations have synergy. Their culture allows them to play to a rhythm at a different tempo than the average organization. How do you get that at your organization?

Many front-line hospitality workers rely on tips for a significant part of their paychecks. If not for tips, many hotel associates who serve as waitstaff, bartenders, housekeepers, bell staff, concierges and pool attendants would soon be looking for other jobs. This is a regional issue: in most of Asia and Europe, staff get higher base pay, and tips are either not expected at all, or are truly discretionary. But in the U.S., Canada, Britain and other countries, tips are an important reality, and one that’s not likely to change anytime soon.



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What Hotels Need to Know About the California Consumer Privacy Act

by Jeff Venza
Hotel management companies are asking, how does the new privacy act in California compare to the new European Union privacy law? Here is a side-by-side comparison which reveals a few things that hotels should know. 

The delta between the EU Privacy Law (GDPR) to the California Consumer 
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Privacy Act (CCPA) is:

1. Legitimate interest: This is something that many companies are considering using to avoid documenting consent for GDPR. Companies don’t have this luxury with CCPA (the California law). 

Summary – If it’s a competition for most robust, then 1 point goes to CCPA for being more protective.

2. Personal Data/PII: In terms of defining personal data/PII, it appears as CCPA has a list quite similar to GDPR. 

Summary – It’s a tie. 

3. Fees (Part 1): GDPR fines for damages for lack of compliance. It appears CCPA will levy fines in the event of a breach only. 

Summary – One point goes to GDPR.

4. Fees (Part 2): GDPR effectively applies to any controllers and processors (the threshold is very low). Whereas, CCPA applies only to business that have high revenues ($25M) OR large numbers of processing ($50K) or has much (50%) of their revenue from personal information sales. 


Summary – One point goes to GDPR.


5. Fees (Part 3): Fines under GDPR are based on global revenues (4%) whereas CCPA levies fines based on each violation ($7,500 per violation). So, in the case of a large breach (like Equifax with 12 million records), the fines can quickly approach billions of dollars. 

Summary – One point awarded to CCPA.

6. Consent: This is a huge deal for GDPR. CCPA allows businesses to expect consumers to opt-out. This is a big difference than requiring a business to demonstrate that people have opted-in, under their own free will. 

Summary – One point goes to GDPR.


An at-a-glance summary score for the most comprehensive and most protective: 
2 points to CCPA, 3 points to GDPR, 1 tie
 
 
And what do both have in common:
 
People have the right to know (data subject requests).
Breach notifications are important.
Managing third-parties is important.
Data privacy legislation is here to stay.
 
Regardless of the nuances between both privacy laws, data privacy legislation is here to stay. Hotels will continue to be targeted by hackers because of the personal information collected every day. Knowing and understanding privacy legislation is key to operating hotels in today's market. 
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About The Author
Jeff Venza
President
Venza, Inc.


Jeff Venza is the president of the VENZA Group. To learn more about the EU Privacy Law (GDPR) or the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), free industry webinars specific to the hospitality industry are available to you. Learn more here

 
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