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British Airways is facing £183 million fine for 2018 data breach

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) wants British Airways to pay a £183.39 million (nearly $230 million) fine for failing to protect personal and financial information of approximately 500,000 of its customers.

The company, which is part of the International Airlines Group (IAG), intends to appeal the decision.

The breach that prompted the fine

In early September 2018 (and a few months after the EU GDPR became enforceable), British Airways announced that its website and mobile app had been compromised, and that the attackers managed to collect personal and financial details of customers making or changing bookings through those two avenues.

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