British Airways fined £189,000,000 for theft of people’s data

British Airways Airbus A320-200 with registration G-EUUO landing at Luxembourg Findel International Airport LUX ELLX in the blue sky. BA connects Luxembourg city to London Heathrow International Airport LHR EGLL in England, UK. BritishAirways is part of Oneworld Aviation Alliance. (Photo by Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
British Airways will have to pay more than £189 million, the Information Commission said

British Airways is set to be fined more than £189 million over a customer data breach, the company said.

This morning the airline announced it had been notified by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office that it intends to hit BA with the huge sum because of the theft of people’s data from its website.

The fine is the equivalent of 1.5 per cent of BA’s worldwide turnover for the financial year ending December 31.

British Airways chairman Alex Cruz said the airline was ‘disappointed’ by the initial finding.

He said: ‘British Airways responded quickly to a criminal act to steal customers’ data.

‘We have found no evidence of fraud/fraudulent activity on accounts linked to the theft.

‘We apologise to our customers for any inconvenience this event caused.’

Willie Walsh, chief executive of BA’s owner International Airlines Group (IAG), said the airline would make ‘any necessary appeals’ against the penalty.

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Source: metro.co.uk

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