Posted by AdviserDirect on 07/11/2019

British Airways facing record GDPR fine

British Airways facing record GDPR fine

British Airways is today facing a record fine of £183m for a data breach in June 2018, one month after the GDPR came into force. 

The fine represents 1.5% of its 2017 worldwide turnover, and whilst below the maximin possible 4% fines represents the largest single fine handed down by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). 

Patrick Wheeler, Partner and Head of Intellectual Property and Data Protection at the law firm Collyer Bristow said: “The first anniversary of the GDPR passed on 25 May and we are only now seeing the ICO beginning to issue fines on breaches they have been investigating for several months.  If businesses were feeling complacent about their GDPR obligations, thinking that nothing was going to happen, this record fine should serve as a wake-up call.

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