Last year British Airways revealed that their website had been compromised and half a million of its passengers card details were taken by hackers along with other personal information.
In May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation came into effect further enforcing the rights of citizens to appeal against misuse of their data and empowering regulatory authorities to fine businesses up to 4 percent of their annual turnover.
British Airways is now facing an unprecedented £183 million fine for failing to protect passengers’ privacy.
The Data Regulations in the UK are governed by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).
The proposed fine set out by the ICO is a potential warning to all businesses to ensure that data breaches and cyber security are under tight measures.
In defence against this action, British Airways have argued the data breach was a result of criminal activity and not its own lack of IT security.
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Written by Syeda Anjum