UK data regulator threatens British Airways with 747-sized fine for massive personal data blurt


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The UK Information Commissioner’s Office has warned BA it faces a whopping £183.39m following the theft of million customer records from its website and mobile app servers.

The record-breaking fine – more or less the lower end of the price of one of the 747-800s in BA’s fleet – under European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), represents 1.5 per cent of BA’s world-wide revenue in 2017.

Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said: “People’s personal data is just that – personal. When an organisation fails to protect it from loss, damage or theft it is more than an inconvenience. That’s why the law is clear – when you are entrusted with personal data you must look after it. Those that don’t will face scrutiny from my office to check they have taken appropriate steps to protect fundamental privacy rights.”

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