Category: British Airways Data Breach
As we mark the passing of the second anniversary of the GDPR, we take a brief look at what has changed and what needs to happen to make sure that this key piece of legislation is effective.
In terms of what has happened, the General Data Protection Regulation has put a greater onus on information processors to act more responsibly. It has also given the UK’s data watchdog, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), far greater powers to impose more substantial penalties that could amount to 4% of an organisation’s global annual turnover. It triggered many organisations over-reporting, perhaps in worry over failing to adhere to the law. The system may have struggled to cope as a result of this.
But its introduction has been far from perfect in terms of it being a catalyst for change. Although we would always expect it to take time before such an important piece of legislation takes effect, a huge number of avoidable breaches have still taken place.
If you’ve yet to join the BA data breach group action, here’s some very important advice and information about the action and what you need to know.
Since October 2019 when the High Court of Justice gave the official green light for a formal Group Litigation Order (GLO) to be established, we’ve seen a huge influx of new clients signing up with us. We’ve also been made aware of some confusion in terms of where people can turn to as a lot of firms started marketing for cases following the big announcement.
We can’t – and won’t – tell you who to instruct, nor will we make misleading marketing claims about what the best course of action is for you. What we will do is give you some vital information to help you make the important decision for yourself.
As leading data lawyers, here’s some guidance for how to claim GDPR compensation as a victim of a breach, leak, hack, or as part of a group action.
We can briefly look at how you can make a claim and when you could be entitled to compensation, as well as what you can make a claim for. As specialist consumer action lawyers, we can also look at GDPR compensation for group and multi-party actions too.
We’re here to help. Read on for more information.
Many people want to know how much they could be entitled to receive in compensation for a GDPR breach. Here’s an insight for you based on our extensive experience.
As a leading firm of data breach lawyers, we’ve been helping thousands of people for data protection and privacy issues since 2014. We launched our first major action in 2015 for the 56 Dean Street Clinic leak, and our team is now involved in dozens of different actions as well as a wealth of individual cases.
What this means is that we have extensive experience in this complex and niche area of law. In fact, we’ve been specifically representing data breach victims for a lot longer than most other law firms. Having settled a wide range of cases for several years, here’s how we approach valuing a GDPR compensation case.
As a leading data claims law firm, we can offer our valuable insight into GDPR breach compensation amounts, and what you may be entitled to receive.
The GDPR has paved the way for the UK’s data regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), to now issue substantial financial penalties for breaches. The amounts can be in the millions: the intention to fine British Airways for their 2018 breaches has been set at a provisional £183m, which is a record-breaking amount.
But the money from fines isn’t designed to be used for compensation, and will normally go into the treasury. What we focus on is what the victims are entitled to through a GDPR claim for compensation.
Victims of travel data breaches can be entitled to make a claim for compensation, and we can offer No Win, No Fee representation.
Data breaches, in general, are on the rise, and it has been reported that travel and holiday fraud matters are on the rise as well. Travellers – especially frequent ones – need to be careful and be wary of their information being misused or exposed as criminals target their valuable data.
With attacks against travel companies said to be on the rise, it’s important that we – as a leading firm of data compensation specialists – let you know about your rights.
If you have yet to start your British Airways data breach claim, we have some very important advice and information about the BA Group Action and what you need to do.
In case you’re not aware, there was a huge hearing on 4th October 2019 where Mr Justice Warby formally gave the go-ahead for a Group Litigation Order (GLO). By order of the High Court of Justice, we were appointed with a position on the Steering Committee that’s responsible for the overall conduct of the litigation. This reflects our hard work and commitment to the fight for justice since news of the incidents broke in 2018.
Now that a GLO has been formed, things are moving forward. There are deadlines to claim but, just as importantly, there are also more firms touting for cases. As a leading firm of data breach compensation experts for several years, it’s important that we address this.
If your debit or credit card is hacked, you could be entitled to make a claim for data breach compensation, even if no money was stolen or if you’ve been refunded.
If you have lost money, we can include this as part of a legal case as well. However, you don’t have to have suffered an actual financial loss to be able to make a No Win, No Fee claim with us.
The distress that victims can suffer when this kind of personal and sensitive information is exposed can be substantial. Data breach compensation pay-outs can reflect the distress that people suffer from by the loss of control of their personal information. In this area of law, we are experts with a proven track record of settling damages claims over several years.
If you want to know whether you were affected by the BA hack and whether you could be entitled to join the official British Airways compensation action, we can help.
The easiest way to know if your information has been exposed in the data breach is if you have received confirmation from the airline that you were affected. If you haven’t received confirmation from them, you should still check; especially if you used BA during the breach periods, which we will outline below.
If it has been confirmed that you have been affected by the attack, you may also be entitled to join the BA Group Action with a No Win, No Fee compensation claim.
Making sure that victims know about the deadline to claim is an important part of the work that we do. We have been – and still are – involved in dozens of group actions, some of which (like the BA Group Action) have formed into a GLO. When a GLO (Group Litigation Order) is established, the court will normally enforce a deadline for people to join, and that’s what we have in the British Airways action.
People need to know that there’s a strict time limit in force to launch your claim, and there’s work that needs to be done to make sure that you hit the deadline.