British Airways faces record £183m fine for data breach
1 week, 1 day ago by kyle | 8 facts | 1 comments | 12 votes

  • British Airways is facing a record fine of £183m for last year's breach of its security systems. - www.bbc.com
  • Cybercriminals diverted traffic from the British Airways website to a fraudulent site through which they harvested data from unwitting customers. - www.siliconrepublic.com
  • The ICO said in a statement that the fine is related to infringements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). - techcrunch.com
  • About 500,000 customers had their information leaked - www.siliconrepublic.com
  • The ICO said it was the biggest penalty it had handed out and the first to be made public under new rules. - www.bbc.com
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kyle - 1 week, 1 day ago
I bet most people were not expecting an airline to be the first to be fined for GDPR violations in the U.K. by the ICO. From what I have read the breach was mostly due to their own incompetence so it was probably justified. That said, I would be cautious about fining companies for data breaches in general.

We want companies to come forward with information about their own data breaches as soon as possible, so we should try to avoid punishing them for doing so.

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