BA faces data protection fine of £183m
British Airways faces a fine of £183.39m from the UK data privacy regulator the ICO for infringements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The proposed fine relates to a cyber incident notified to the ICO by British Airways in September 2018. In part it involved user traffic to the British Airways website being diverted to a fraudulent site; customer details were harvested by the attackers. Personal data of about 500,000 customers were compromised, believed to date from June 2018.
The ICO says it has found that a variety of information was compromised by poor security arrangements at the company, including log in, payment card, and travel booking details as well name and address information.Read more
Amazon Alexa given new NHS health advice role: But what about patient privacy?
The NHS says the move will help patients and ease the burden on doctors – but campaigners label it “a data protection disaster waiting to happen”.
Privacy questions have been raised over a newly announced partnership between the UK National Health Service and Amazon that allows patients to ask the Alexa voice assistant for health information.
Users who asked Alexa questions relating to health were previously provided advice based on a variety of popular responses, but now the assistant will provide information based on automatic searches of the NHS Choices website.Read more
St John Ambulance praised for response to ransomware attack