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Heathrow fined for 2017 data breach

15 October 2018

Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) has been fined GBP120,000 (USD157, 700) by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for failing to ensure proper security of personal data on its network.

On 16 October 2017 a member of the public found a USB stick, which had been lost by a Heathrow employee. The data stick, which contained 76 folders and more than 1,000 files, was neither encrypted nor password protected.

The member of the public viewed the material it contained at a local library and the stick was then passed to a national newspaper, which took copies of the data before returning the item to Heathrow.

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