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Fri Oct 16, 2020, 08:15 AM

British Airways hit with UK data watchdog's biggest-ever fine

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British Airways hit with UK data watchdog's biggest-ever fine

OCTOBER 16, 2020 5:42 AM UPDATED 2 HOURS AGO
By Muvija M
3 MIN READ

(Reuters) - Britain’s data protection watchdog said on Friday it has fined British Airways 20 million pounds - its biggest such penalty to date - for failing to protect data that left more than 400,000 of its customers’ details the subject of a 2018 cyber attack.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said its investigators found BA should have identified weaknesses in its security and resolved them with measures available at the time, which would have prevented the data breach.

“Their failure to act was unacceptable and affected hundreds of thousands of people, which may have caused some anxiety and distress as a result,” the ICO said.

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The penalty was considerably less than the 183.4 million pounds the ICO proposed last year - in part reflecting the crisis the airline industry is now facing due to COVID-19.

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