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Baker Botts Lawyers Comment on the ICO and British Airways Data Breach Fine

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LONDON and PALO ALTO, July 10, 2019 – Baker Botts, a leading technology and energy law firm, comments on the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) data breach penalty imposed on British Airways.

“British Airways’ data breach fine should not be underestimated. It shows that the ICO has raised the stakes for global companies who fail to ensure they have the essential privacy and data protection structures in place. Despite the BA matter being a criminal hack, it means that companies need to constantly review and upgrade their security systems.

“Regulators like the ICO now have very high standards on what companies should have in place to provide appropriate safeguards,” commented Neil Coulson, Partner and International Intellectual Property Chair at Baker Botts in London.

“The importance of securing personal data is now in the spotlight more than ever with the threat of hefty fines and the ICO’s willingness to impose them. This should be a warning to companies that they must be diligent in implementing data security, and mitigating and responding to data breaches,” said Cynthia Cole, Special Counsel at Baker Botts in Palo Alto.

If you would like to speak with either Neil Coulson or Cynthia Cole for further insights, please contact Alliccia Hernandez or Adam Leviton.

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