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British Airways faces a fine of £183.39 million (A$329.1 million) for infringements of the EU General Data Protection Regulation which occurred during a data breach in September 2018, the UK Information Commissioner's Office says.

In a statement, the ICO said the breach involved the diversion of user traffic from the BA site to a fraudulent site.

It said the personal data of nearly half a million customers was compromised and that login details, credit card numbers and booking particulars and addresses were all stolen.

British Airways disclosed that the financial and personal details of 380,000 customers had been stolen from its site between 21 August and 5 September.

Later it said an additional 185,000 were believed to have been affected by the breach.

Tech experts said later that the breach appeared to have been effected through a a cross-site scripting flaw.

British Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said: "People’s personal data is just that – personal. When an organisation fails to protect it from loss, damage or theft it is more than an inconvenience.

"That’s why the law is clear – when you are entrusted with personal data you must look after it. Those that don’t will face scrutiny from my office to check they have taken appropriate steps to protect fundamental privacy rights.”

The ICO statement said BA, which is owned by IAG, would have the chance to respond to the findings and proposed sanction.

"The ICO will consider carefully the representations made by the company and the other concerned data protection authorities before it takes its final decision," it added.


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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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