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Heathrow Airport Fined For Data Security Breach

October 09, 2018 / Airwise

The operator of London’s Heathrow Airport has been fined GBP£120,000 USD$156,500 by a UK data privacy regulator for failing to ensure that personal data held on its network was properly secured. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) fine was for a 2017 incident when an employee of Heathrow Airport lost a USB memory stick that was subsequently found by a member of the public.The stick held 76 folders with over 1,000 files, some of which contained personal information including names, dates of birth and passport numbers of a number of airport employees. The data was neither encrypted nor password protected, the ICO said.