LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Heathrow Airport has been fined 120,000 kilos by the nation’s knowledge safety regulator for “serious failings” in securing private knowledge held on its programs.
Signage is seen on the UK border management level on the arrivals space of Heathrow Airport, London, September three, 2018. Picture taken on September three. REUTERS/Toby Melville
The breach by Heathrow, the busiest airport in Britain and Europe, got here to mild after an worker lost a USB stick final yr which contained private knowledge on a small variety of people together with employees, which was not password-protected or encrypted.
The regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), carried out an investigation consequently.
“Data Protection should have been high on Heathrow’s agenda. But our investigation found a catalogue of shortcomings in corporate standards, training and vision that indicated otherwise,” the ICO mentioned in a press release on Monday.
Under new laws on knowledge safety, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, which has been launched because the date of Heathrow’s failings, the airport may have confronted a a lot bigger effective.
Amongst the ICO’s issues had been that solely 2 % of Heathrow’s 6,500 employees had acquired knowledge safety coaching.
Heathrow is owned by Ferrovial, Qatar Investment Authority, China Investment Corporation and different buyers.
Reporting by Sarah Young; modifying by Kate Holton