July 8 (Reuters) - British Airways owner IAG said on Monday the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) intends to impose a penalty of 183.4 million pounds ($229.78 million) for the theft of customer data from the airline website last year.
“We are surprised and disappointed in this initial finding from the ICO... British Airways responded quickly to a criminal act to steal customers’ data,” British Airways Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Alex Cruz, said.
“We have found no evidence of fraud/fraudulent activity on accounts linked to the theft.”
IAG said it would defend the airline’s position “vigorously”, including by making any necessary appeals.
$1 = 0.7981 pounds Reporting by Noor Zainab Hussain in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur