2020 Data Protection Summary Statistics
2020 was a record-breaking year, in terms of the value of fines from the ICO and the number of known cyber security threats worldwide.
The total value of fines issued by the ICO in 2020 exceeded £42 million, which was double the £21 million in fines issues in the preceding 10 years combined. The lion’s share of the 2020 fines were issued to British Airways (£20 million) and Marriot International (£18.4 million), which despite being high, were both significantly lower than the originally intended fines of £193 and £99 million, respectively.
The total number of reported records leaked in 2020 was 20.5 billion, and there were 1032 known incidents of data breaches and cyber-attacks. For comparison, 2019 saw 15 billion records leaked and 920 incidents, so both of these numbers are increasing gradually year on year.