February 25, 2021

BA faces a fine of 204 million euros for violation of passenger data

The airline British Airways (BA), part of the air group IAG, reported Monday that faces a fine of 183 million pounds (204 million euros) for violation of passenger data in 2018.

The fine comes from the so-called Office of the Commissioner of Information (ICO, in English), an independent body that regulates data protection, and is related to the theft of personal and financial information from customers of its website and the mobile application. of the airline between August 21 and September 5, 2018.

In his day, BA had indicated that some "hackers" had carried out a "malicious and sophisticated criminal attack" on their website.

The airline – integrated into the International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) together with Iberia, Aer Lingus, Vueling and LABEL, said in a note that it is "surprised and disappointed" by the ICO penalty.

The president of BA, Alex Cruz, said the airline quickly responded to a "criminal act of stealing customer data, we found no evidence of fraud or fraudulent activity in the accounts linked to the theft." We apologize to our customers for any inconvenience this event caused ".

The CEO of IAG, Willie Walsh, said, meanwhile, that the company will make the necessary resources against this fine, for which it has a term of 28 days.

The proposed penalty is equivalent to 1.5% of BA's worldwide turnover in the financial year that ended on December 31, 2017.

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