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For many businesses, so much of the work is conducted digitally, a fact that has only become truer since Covid-19 provoked a shift to more remote, online working. However, despite devoting significant expenses to IT resources, some businesses still fail to pay attention to data protection procedures and the tools required to operate their devices securely. From the small start-ups to the global conglomerates, all businesses need proper cybersecurity if they are to be trusted with personal data.
In the headlines, we regularly see data breaches that have occurred as a result of minor, needless oversights. With appropriate data protection and cybersecurity measures, many data security incidents can be avoided, so it is important that we hold businesses accountable when they fail to meet the standards required.
If you have been affected by a data breach for which a third-party organisation was responsible, you could be eligible to hold them to account via a data breach compensation claim. We know how damaging the effects of data exposure can be, which is why we aim to help as many victims to claim as possible.
In UK law, there is vital legislation called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which was established in 2018 by the EU and was then rolled out in the UK. The GDPR sets out the principles that data controllers – any third party that has a responsibility for personal data – must follow in order to protect the information they process and hold.
In order to comply with the GDPR, businesses need proper cybersecurity, and the legislation sets out the appropriate “technical measures” that are required. If they fail to implement such measures and subsequently compromise or expose information, they could be held responsible in accordance with the law. Data breaches can also lead to a significant financial blow for businesses, both in operational costs and in compensation.
However, legal compliance and financial stability should not be sole incentives for businesses. On a basic and simple level, they owe a duty to their customers and employees who deserve to know that their information is safe.
Despite the clear legal requirements that show that businesses need proper and adequate cybersecurity, some continue to neglect their obligations. If you have been let down by a business that has failed to protect your personal information, you may be able to make a compensation claim.
As part of a claim, we can aim to recover damages for the distress suffered as a result of the loss of control of personal information, and any financial losses or expenses that you suffered as a result of the data breach.
Your Lawyers – The Data Leak Lawyers – is a leading firm of privacy compensation experts that is pursuing thousands of data breach claims for clients, and has done for many years. In fact, a number of our major group actions demonstrate that businesses need proper cybersecurity. Eligible claimants could be eligible to pursue claims against British Airways, Virgin Media and EasyJet data for a breach claim, to name a few. If you were adversely affected by poor cybersecurity at these companies, you could be entitled to claim.
To find out more about your potential compensation claim, contact us today for free, no-obligation advice.
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