British Airways – largest ever fine imposed by the UK’s Information Commission OfficeNovember 2020
The UK data protection watchdog, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined British Airways £20m, for failing to protect data that left more than 400,000 of its customers' details the subject of a 2018 cyber-attack. Originally a fine of £183m was mentioned however the impact of Covid-19 on the aviation industry was taken in to account. Despite the drop the fine is the largest imposed to date.
Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham noted “When organisations take poor decisions around people's personal data, that can have a real impact on people's lives. The law now gives us the tools to encourage businesses to make better decisions about data, including investing in up-to-date security,"
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By Éilish Larkin