Legal help for data breach compensation claims

Category: Employee Data Breach

DVLA data breach claims – compensation advice

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DVLA data breach claims can cause a significant impact on the victims, given the nature of the very personal and sensitive information that can be misused or exposed.

If you have been affected by a data breach, leak, hack, or another form of information exposure involving the DVLA, we may be able to help you. We can offer No Win, No Fee legal representation for eligible clients, and it is a quick and easy process to get a claim set up and started without delay. All we usually need is a little information from you and we can get your legal case up and running right away for you.

Your Lawyers – The Data Leak Lawyers – is a leading firm of data breach compensation specialists that have been pursuing privacy claims for far longer than most other firms. The team is always happy to offer free, no-obligation advice here.

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Claiming compensation for a workplace data leak

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If you have been affected by a workplace data leak, you may be eligible to claim compensation for the exposure of your private information.

Employers are often required to request and store a wealth of information about their employees, but this comes with an obligation to ensure that it remains secure and protected from unauthorised access. Where workplaces have failed to adhere to data protection laws, those who have had their information leaked may be able to recover compensation.

Your Lawyers, as leading specialists in data leak claims, is more than familiar with the worries and stresses many victims suffer in the wake of data breaches. Those who have faced information exposure in their own workplace can often be uncertain about what action they can take, worrying about the friction they could face from their employer when making a claim. We can assure you that we take all the stresses of a data breach claim off your hands and it is your right to make a claim. Read on to learn more about how you could be able to make a workplace data breach claim.

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Workplace data protection breach – advice for compensation

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Victims of a workplace data protection breach could be entitled to bring claims for compensation, and we will look at one such event involving Portland Business and Financial Solutions.

Given that employers and companies involved in employment matters often store and process particularly personal and sensitive data, the impact of a breach, leak or hack can be substantial.

Your Lawyers – as leading Data Leak Lawyers – represent thousands of people for privacy compensation claims. We have done so for over seven years, which is a lot longer than most other firms out there. With over £1m recovered just for mainly individual data victims to date, and over 50 group and multi-party data actions launched, we know what it means to be experts in this niche and complex area of law.

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Pension scheme data breach numbers soar

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According to recent research, pension scheme data breach numbers have seen a significant increase in the past year or so. A study by Sackers, a specialist pension law firm, has reportedly highlighted fundamental data security issues in the industry, as the survey of businesses reportedly found that some 35% of trustees and employers had reported data breaches to their pension schemes.

The study comes not so long after the Now: Pensions data breach was revealed to the public at the end of 2020, which involved the exposure of approximately 30,000 customers’ private information. This is an action that we represent victims for on a No Win, No Fee basis.

The results of the study may lead to some much greater scrutiny of the pensions industry, and companies may need to reconsider their approach to data protection going forward. Our team here at Your Lawyers, as leading, specialist data breach lawyers, is concerned to see these figures.

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IT security company data breach

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In the modern digital world, it is rare that companies rely solely on their own internal IT capabilities to operate their computers and networks, instead engaging the services of IT companies to help them set up effective digital systems and often to provide good security for these systems. Even companies hired for the specific purpose of cybersecurity can neglect vulnerabilities. If this happens, an IT security company data breach may occur.

The element of third-party security risks can be one that companies overlook, but no data controller can evade its ultimate responsibility for a data breach. Whether the incident occurred due to a third-party provider or the company itself, those affected by data breaches could be eligible to claim compensation for any harm caused.

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Pension plan data breaches

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Whether you have sought out your own pension plan or you have been automatically registered on one by your employer, a significant portion of the working population is contributing to a pension plan. Pensions are perhaps not something we often think about in terms of a data security risk, but pension plan data breaches are capable of causing significant damage to those affected.

In fact, employers and pension providers often have to process and hold a variety of different details about employees meaning that, if such information is compromised, it can constitute a significant breach of the victims’ data privacy. Where pension companies or employers have failed to protect pension data, they may be liable to issue compensation pay-outs to those affected.

At Your Lawyers – the Data Leak Lawyers – as leading privacy claims experts we have been representing clients for data matters since 2014. Our experience in data breach claims means that we are well equipped to hold data controllers accountable for their negligence. We believe there is still too much complacency surrounding the importance of data protection, which is why we support data breach victims to ensure that they receive the compensation they deserve.

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Remote working cybersecurity

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Despite the fact that many organisations transitioned to remote working over a year ago, some are still not on top of the cybersecurity issues posed by working from home. As many firms look to continue with remote working in some capacity even with lockdown restrictions largely over, remote working cybersecurity is set to become a long-term priority.

However, some organisations have failed to grasp the different security challenges brought by remote working. Though there are increased IT difficulties in the current climate, no allowances can be made. All organisations must abide by the same data protection regulations that apply to office working.

Regardless of the circumstances in which it was caused, anyone affected by a data breach may be able to claim compensation for any harm caused. If you wish to make an enquiry about a potential data breach claim, you can contact our expert team for free, no-obligation advice.

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Chorley Council data breach

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A Chorley Council data breach has recently been reported after it was revealed that thousands of members of the public may have had their details exposed by the local authority. The incident appears to be yet another example of the damage that can be done to information security when employees make misjudgements.

Unfortunately, the incident at Chorley Council is only one in a long list of data breaches to have been caused by human error at local government bodies generally. Councils like Chorley should be striving to break with this trend, but there has unfortunately been little progress in terms of data protection it seems.

In the UK, all third-party data controllers are obliged to comply with the GDPR in their protection of the information that they hold and process. If they fail to do so, they can be held accountable, and those affected may have a right to make a compensation claim.

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Wiltshire Council social worker sentenced over breach of trust

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A former Wiltshire Council social worker has reportedly been taken to court over a “serious breach of trust”, having been found to have accessed sensitive information without reason or authorisation.

As a social worker, the individual in question was granted certain data access privileges. It has been reported by the Gazette and Herald that she abused her position in a way that could have put the privacy and safety of vulnerable people at risk.

Social workers naturally have a high level of trust invested in them, so it is understandable that there is a no-tolerance policy for any employees who breach this trust. Social services data breaches like this can have severe consequences for those affected, particularly where vulnerable minors are involved, as their personal details often must be kept under highly restricted access in order to protect them from abusive adults. We represent people for these kinds of cases quite a lot. As such, it is essential that anyone who threatens to compromise the need for data protection is punished accordingly.

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Hampshire police officer barred from service for accessing private data without authorisation

Greater Manchester Police data breach

It has recently been confirmed that a former Hampshire police officer has been reportedly banned from ever entering the police service again after it was found that he accessed private records without a valid policing reason. The Special Constable in question is understood to have resigned from his position before superiors could dismiss him for his data snooping.

While police officers are granted information access to records and details that are needed for casework, they are not authorised to view or use information outside of their policing workload without any good reason. Campbell violated his professional duty by accessing information without a legitimate reason, reportedly only browsing the records due to “curiosity”.

Regardless of the motives of the Hampshire police officer, there is no excuse for breaching data protection law. We trust the police service to maintain strict control over personal information, so it is important that any officers who breach the duty they owe to the public are held accountable for their actions.

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