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The ACLU is calling out Motel 6 for allegedly giving guest info to ICE

Motel 6 is yet to respond.

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The ACLU is publicly questioning Motel 6 after a Phoenix New Times report found that at least two of the motel chain’s locations sent guest information to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). 

One Motel 6 clerk told the Phoenix New Times that employees at that location “push a button” to send ICE guest information every morning at 5 a.m.

The quote was promptly tweeted out by the ACLU to Motel 6’s Twitter account, and posted to the company’s Facebook page.

Numerous people were stunned by the story.

Motel 6’s privacy policy says it collects a slew of information on its guests via online bookings and physical stays, including name, gender, birthdate, image, nationality, ID, credit card info, “information collected during your visit to a company hotel or motel through the use of closed circuit television systems” and “internet systems,” and a lot more. 

Under the policy’s “compliance with the law” section, it states that “we may disclose guest information to law enforcement agencies, or may be required to disclose it during the discovery process in litigation, pursuant to a court order, or in compliance with any applicable law, regulation, rule or ordinance.”

We asked the company whether sending guest list information to law enforcement — including ICE — is the policy at any or all Motel 6 locations. We’ll update if we hear anything.

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