Wynn Macau Fined for Releasing Customer Data in Fight With Okada
Wynn Macau Ltd., the Asian unit of billionaire Steve Wynn’s Las Vegas-based Wynn Resorts Ltd. (WYNN), was fined 20,000 patacas ($2,500) by Macau’s privacy office for unauthorized transfers of customer information to its parent.
A company identified as B shared personal data of its hotel guests without their consent with its parent in 2011, Macau’s Office for Personal Data Protection said on its website. The company is Wynn Macau, Will Wong, a press officer at the Macau Government Information Bureau, said in an e-mail today. Katharine Liu, a spokeswoman for Wynn Macau, declined to comment on the fine.
The information was used in an investigation into whether an executive at the parent company broke anti-bribery laws in the country where it’s registered, the Macau privacy office said. The data included customer relationships and entertainment expenses, and involved officials from another country, the office said. The data transfer violated Macau’s Personal Data Protection Act, it said.
The fine comes amid a legal battle between Wynn Resorts and Kazuo Okada, its former vice-chairman and co-founder. The casino operator has accused Okada of extending gifts and cash to Asian casino regulators in violation of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, an allegation the 70-year-old billionaire denied.
Wynn Resorts has accused Okada of making improper payments to officials in the Philippines, calling him unsuitable as a controlling shareholder and forcibly redeeming a 20 percent stake that he held in the casino operator. Okada is challenging the forced sale, which took place at a discount.
Okada, chairman of Tokyo-based pachinko-machine maker Universal Entertainment Corp. (6425), helped Steve Wynn finance the casino operator that went public in October 2002 and was its largest individual shareholder until last February.
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