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Heathrow Airport Limited fined £120,000 for serious failings in data protection practices

Heathrow Airport
Britain   On 16 October 2017 a member of the public found a USB memory stick

Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) has been fined £120,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for failing to ensure that the personal data held on its network was properly secured.


On 16 October 2017 a member of the public found a USB memory stick, which had been lost by a HAL employee. The stick, which contained 76 folders and over 1,000 files was not encrypted or password protected.

The member of the public viewed the material it contained at a local library.

Although the amount of personal and sensitive personal data held on the stick comprised a small amount of the total files, of particular concern was a training video which exposed ten individuals’ details including names, dates of birth, passport numbers, and the details of up to 50 HAL aviation security personnel.

The stick was passed to a national newspaper which took copies of the data before giving the stick back to HAL.

 

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