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Last year saw the Information Commissioner’s Office hand out more than just a ‘slap on the wrist’ with companies such as Facebook and Equifax receiving fines of up to £500,000 for data breaches. However, earlier this week, both British Airways and Marriott International received proposed fines of £184m ($230m) and £99m ($125m) respectively, following the introduction of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018.
Prior to May 2018, the UK followed the Data Protection Act 1998, in which the maximum fine equalled £500,000. But with the introduction of the GDPR companies can now be liable to pay penalties of up to 4% of their turnover.
The large fines have been proposed for the following:
Although the announced fines are only proposed and not final, they act as a stark reminder and lesson to companies to not only ensure they are data com
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Hannah is one of the Future of Law blog’s digital and technical editors. She graduated from Northumbria University with a degree in History and Politics and previously freelanced for News UK, before working as a senior news editor for LexisNexis.
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