The owner of British Airways says it is facing a fine of £183m from the Information Commissioner’s Office after a customer data breach.

International Airlines Group (IAG) said it had been notified by the regulator that it intends to issue BA with a penalty under the UK data protection act equivalent to 1.5% of its worldwide turnover for 2017.

BA boss Alex Cruz said the airline was surprised and disappointed while IAG chief executive Willie Walsh said BA would be making representations to the ICO about the scale of the fine, and could appeal it.

The penalty follows the theft of customer data from BA’s website, details of which were disclosed last autumn.

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