As a leading, expert firm of lawyers that specialises in the complex and niche areas of data protection law and consumer actions, we’ve represented thousands of people for a wide range of cases. Whether it’s individual council data breach compensation claims, or worldwide group actions like the Equifax hack of 2017, we’re committed to making sure that people have their say.
You don’t have to suffer in silence when your personal data has been misused, exposed or your privacy rights have been otherwise breached. You’re not alone, and we’re here to help.
Many victims want to know what rights they have when their information is misused or exposed. A common question we’re asked as experts in this field is whether a person can claim data breach compensation or not.
We do assess claims on a case-by-case basis, so we can’t tell for sure if we can help you unless we know more about what has happened. However, we can give you some useful guidance which is based on our specialism in this area of law. As a law firm who have been fighting for justice for data breach victims for far longer than many other solicitors, our insight can be valuable.
Read on for some more info about whether we may be able to help you or not. However, our team is more than happy to offer you free, no-obligation advice on a confidential basis about right now so you can know if we can help you or not. We don’t ask for upfront fees for our initial advice, and if we can take a case forward, we can also offer No Win, No Fee options.
As more and more people are aware of their rights when it comes to data protection and privacy claims, we thought we’d give you a little expert overview as a pioneering firm in this area of law.
There are many ways that you may be able to make a data breach compensation claim, and there can be varying degrees of how people might suffer. It isn’t just about recovering financial losses from fraud and cyberattacks; it’s also about claiming for the distress caused through the loss of control, or misuse, of private information.
With thousands of data breach victims asking us for help over the years we’ve been fighting for justice, here’s a little insight for you.
Information sharing without consent or proper and informed consent can amount to a breach of important data protection laws like GDPR, and it may allow a victim to make a claim for compensation.
Information is being shared all the time, and some organisations are still hiding behind their privacy policies and terms and conditions which don’t always make matters too clear. One of the biggest problems is information being shared for marketing purposes, and people then being hounded by aggressive sales tactics. When it comes to confidential and sensitive data like medical information, we don’t want it shared for obvious reasons.
If your information has been shared without your consent, what can you do about it?
For a long time now, we’ve had concerns that some organisations are covering up data breaches to avoid fines and compensation claims that we represent people for.
According to recent research, we’re right to have such concerns.
A report by a security company suggests that more than 60% of IT leaders would be tempted to cover up a data breach if the opportunity arose. In some instances, the figure was actually over 70%. And all this is to potentially escape the consequences of a data breach, which is completely unacceptable.
You may be eligible to make a claim for compensation as a victim of a local authority data breach. We can offer you free, no-obligation advice about your options.
As expert Data Leak Lawyers, we’ve been asked for help from thousands of people over the years we’ve been fighting for data breach justice. One of the most common types of individual claims that we take forward involve the victim’s local authority. And with local authorities holding a wealth of personal and sensitive data about huge numbers of people, these kinds of breaches can be severe.
You may be able to make a council data breach compensation claim. You may also be able to make a case for a breach from social services as well. Read on for more advice.
Thousands of people have contacted us for help with data breach claims. Victims can be entitled to make a claim for compensation. The risks of reusing passwords is one of the first things people may need to consider.
The advice is to never reuse the same passwords and user credentials across different platforms. Despite this, people still do it. It means that being the victim of one simple breach could lead to several accounts being accessed. In fact, it could even mean those credentials are used to hack into a business you are employed with.
There’s a great deal that many people may not consider when it comes to reusing passwords and usernames. The mindset needs to change!
An issue that has led to a number of NHS fax data breach incidents has been reported, after mix-ups with a similar fax number has led to information going astray.
NHS data breach compensation cases are some of the more common types of claims our expert team help people with. A lot of the data breaches are caused by such simple errors that can be easily avoided. Despite this, they happen way too frequently.
The news of the fax mix ups is another example of this and comes to light after the accidental recipients of the data contacted NHS England about the incidents.
About the NHS fax data breach issues
The NHS fax data breach issue reportedly stems from GP surgeries and pharmacies accidentally sending data to the wrong number. The number they have been sending information to in some cases belongs to a hotel group who has then been receiving the faxes incorrectly.
Some of the data that has been sent to the wrong fax number includes medication requests, certificates and dispensing vouchers.
It’s understood that the fax number for the hotel group is similar to the ones used to send information within the healthcare system. The hotel group has notified the Corporate Information Governance Team for NHS England.
What’s being done about the NHS fax data breach issue?
As a result of these NHS fax data breach issues, NHS England has reportedly reminded GP surgeries and pharmacies about the importance of checking numbers. As some have recently called for a move away from faxes and pagers within the NHS, it’s claimed that this fax system is apparently the only way of sending this data within the healthcare system.
It sounds like something needs to change.
Any medical data breach can cause a huge amount of distress to the victims. When we see these simple errors over incredibly personal and sensitive data, it’s clear to us that more needs to be done.
As a firm of lawyers who specialise in data leak cases, we know how bad a breach can be for the victim. It’s important for these simple and avoidable data breaches are stamped out.
Are we in the midst of a rise in gaming data breach incidents? As more and more games are now full of consumables, we know hackers are targeting the gaming industry.
We recently wrote about the Fortnite hackers who have been reportedly making a mint off the back of stealing other people’s accounts and selling them on. Teenagers are being recruited to get involved in mass hacking jobs that appear relatively easy to carry out.
When you consider that the gaming industry is now an even more lucrative market as a result of consumables like loot boxes and other in-game purchases, digital property can be an attractive and profitable target.
Facebook has been all over the news lately over the data breach scandal involving data being skimmed by Cambridge Analytica. Since news first broke of the scandal, Facebook has been under heavy fire over their data privacy policies, as well as how they use people’s data and how it is shared.
In the latest, it can now be assumed that every Facebook user has had their data improperly shared. But, another issue is the questionable Facebook phone number search facility that has, reportedly, been used by scammers who are abusing the facility for their own gain.
Read on to find out how.