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As pressure mounts on the airline, a British Airways data breach settlement is on the cards as the legal representatives of BA alert the court of their intentions to engage in negotiations.
The breaking news of this development comes from leading consumer action and data breach firm Your Lawyers, with wide coverage so far with major media outlets including The Sun and The Mirror. Your Lawyers, who sit on the Steering Committee responsible for the overall conduct of the litigation, declare that this is a massive step forward. This could signal the start of the end of the action that is now entering its third year, and it could represent an incredibly significant compensation pay-out bill that could reach up to £2.4 billion to be shared between over 400,000 victims if all initiate a claim.
The announcement signifies what we always believed should have been on the horizon. A settlement could effectively draw a line under the serious 2018 data breach that shocked the world. We urge victims who have yet to claim to come forward to start their case before the deadline to claim expires soon.
The British Airways data breach scandal of 2018 consisted of two distinct events, one occurring between April and July 2018, and the other occurring between August and September 2018. In the first period, BA rewards customers were affected and were notified that their personal and financial data may have been exposed. In the second period, a breach of the airline’s app and website compromised the personal information of hundreds of thousands of victims.
We were quick to launch our legal action and take cases forward on a No Win, No Fee basis. Victims can sign-up for a claim via the BA Group Action website here, but time is running out.
BA hit the headlines again when the Information Commissioner’s Office announced a plan to fine the airline a record £183 million for their failure to protect customer data. The original intention to fine was massively reduced in October 2020 with the final decision to issue a penalty of just £20 million.
Your Lawyers (T/A The Data Leak Lawyers) has been on the Steering Committee responsible for the conduct of the Group Litigation Order (GLO) since its inception in October 2019. The Steering Committee is instrumental in helping clients to put forward their claims as part of managing the overall court action and helping to unite individual claims into one cohesive group action with strength in numbers.
If we can reach a final stage and achieve the British Airways data breach settlement we intend to, victims of the data breach could be entitled to claim damages for the distress caused by the loss of control of their personal information. This is in addition to claiming for financial losses suffered as a result of the breach.
Pay-outs have been provisionally estimated around the £6,000 mark, but for an extremely severe psychological injury, the compensation could amount to as much as £16,000.
Aman Johal, Director at Your Lawyers, has asked all affected victims who have yet to start a legal case to join the group action to avoid missing out before we reach the main stages of any British Airways data breach settlement.
He commented to the media as follows:
“I urge all affected by the breach to come forward and join the class action before the GLO closes. While three months may seem like a long time, you could potentially be losing out on a five-figure settlement sum if you do not join in time.
We are receiving hundreds of enquires a day as people scramble to meet the coming deadline, and we still receive a lot of enquiries from people who missed the deadline for previous actions we have been involved with and, unfortunately, we have to turn them away.”
We await further confirmation from BA on how they may proceed with the intended settlement but, as highlighted above, it is imperative that any further affected victims join our group action before it is too late. BA must be held accountable for their failure to protect personal data, and each compensation claim contributes to this retribution.
The British Airways data breach settlement that is set to start in the coming weeks.
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