BA faces £183m fine over customer data breach

The owner of British Airways is facing a fine of £183.4m after a data breach which saw personal details belonging to 500,000 people compromised.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has told the International Airlines Group (IAG) that BA will be penalised under the Data Protection Act, and that the fine will be equivalent to 1.5% of its worldwide turnover for 2017.

BA boss Alex Cruz said the airline was “surprised and disappointed” while IAG chief executive Willie Walsh said BA would make representations to the ICO about the scale of the fine, and could appeal it.

The penalty follows the theft of customer data from BA’s website, details of which were disclosed last autumn.

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Source: Sky News