British Airways faces fine of GBP 183 million over theft of customer data

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British Airways may receive a fine of 183.39 million pounds (almost 205 million euros) due to a data breach in 2018. As a result, financial data from possibly 500,000 customers was stolen last year, including log-in, payment card and travel booking details as well as name and address information.

The fine that the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) wants to impose amounts to 1.5 percent of British Airways revenues in 2017, parent company IAG reported in a statement. British Airways regards the intended financial penalty as disappointing. The company said, when the crack came to light, it did everything it could to inform customers and authorities.

IAG boss Willie Walsh says the airline will take every possible step to protect the interests of British Airways. Where necessary, the company will also appeal the fine.

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