UK watchdog fined firms £3m for data breaches last year – before its GDPR balls dropped | 7/10/2019 | Staff
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The Information Commissioner's Office issued £3m worth of fines for data breaches in the year to April 2018 – a mere fraction of its recent proposed GDPR-enabled penalties on British Airways and Marriott.

The UK data watchdog's annual report for 2018/19 (PDF) reveals that it imposed a financial slap on the wrist on 22 occasions.

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That includes the £500,000 fine against Equifax for its security debacle affecting the personal data of up to 15 million UK residents, and the same amount against Facebook over its data-harvesting scandal that affected an estimated 87 million users.

Under the UK's Data Protection Act, the maximum fine was £500,000. But since the EU's GDPR came into force on 25 May last year, companies are now liable to a penalty of up to 4 per cent of turnover.

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Just this week, the ICO flexed its GDPR enforcement muscles for the first time. British Airways is facing a record fine of £183m for last year's data leakage (1.5 per cent of its turnover), and yesterday it was revealed that hotel chain Marriott could be stung for £99m (3 per cent).

Although GDPR powers were in place during 2018/19, an ICO spokesman said none were used in that period due to the...
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