Legal help for data breach compensation claims

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When debit or credit card details are exposed in a data breach

debit or credit card details are exposed

If you’ve been the victim of a data breach and your debit or credit card details are exposed, you have rights. You may be eligible to make a claim for compensation, and we may be able to help you.

A number of the group and multi-party actions that we’re fighting for justice in involve payment card information being compromised. It can lead to significant distress or the victim, as well the clear risk of fraud and theft. We’re often in the media as a ‘go-to’ name for journalists when it comes to serious data breach events and people’s rights, so this is an issue we frequently talk about.

Criminals targeting payment data is a serious and widespread problem. Victims can access the justice that they deserve, and we are here to help.

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Anniversary of the GDPR: two years on

Judge at Court anniversary of the GDPR

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.

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Mental health apps and concerns over data breaches

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Some statistics have put the number of downloads for mental health apps at one million since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, and these apps have been around for quite some time.

The additional strain that the pandemic is causing on our mental wellbeing is widely recognised, and the increased usage of such apps doesn’t come as a surprise. But people do need to be careful, and some apps will be more secure than others. It’s a perfect opportunity for scammers to try to muscle their way in to get hold of sensitive information too.

So, should we be concerned, what may happen if an app is breached, and what can we do to help people?

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Interserve data breach

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The Interserve data breach is said to involve around 100,000 people after a cyberattack resulted in access to a human resources database.

Personal and sensitive data looks to have been exposed. Anyone affected by the breach may be entitled to claim data breach compensation, and our team can offer you free, no-obligation advice. We are taking cases forward on a No Win, No Fee basis and, if the breach was preventable, victims could be eligible for damages.

As a leading firm of consumer action and data breach compensation specialists representing thousands of people for cases in this niche and complex area of law, we are here for you.

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easyJet data breach

easyJet data breach

Breaking news today: 9 million customers are thought to be affected by the significant easyJet data breach, with over 2,000 people’s credit card details stolen.

Personal information and travel data are understood to have been exposed in a “highly sophisticated” cyberattack, and victims may be at an immediate risk of fraud and scams. As experts in the niche and complex area of law of data protection negligence, we know the true extent of how dangerous information can be in the hands of criminals.

The airline could face a significant number of compensation claims, and we’re investigating the issues now. We have been contacted for media comment and have issued advice to the press in relation to fines and legal actions.

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Government data breach risks “significant”

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We already believed that the risk of further public sector and government data breach incidents was significant, but a recent review has drawn similar conclusions.

Many of the thousands of clients that we represent have had information exposed or misused by a public sector body. In the wake of the recent New Year’s Honours data breach that we’re pursuing damages for, a review has concluded that the risk of further breaches is “significant”.

This doesn’t come as a surprise to us, and we can explain why. Many are labelled as just “human error” incidents, but there can be so much more to it than that.

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The true cost of a data breach

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When all is said and done, the true cost of a data breach is worth avoiding for organisations as much as it should be recognised that they have a duty to protect people’s information.

It’s important that organisations are punished when they break the law, and it’s important that victims can access the justice that they deserve. That’s why we, as a leading consumer action and data breach compensation law firm, specialise in this complex and niche area of law. People have the right to seek justice and we can represent you on a No Win, No Fee basis for a legal case.

When you look at just how much it can cost to organisations financially, as well as to victims emotionally, it’s clear to see why avoiding a data breach is important.

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118 118 Money data breach compensation advice

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We’re taking legal cases forward for people affected by the 118 118 Money data breach, with customers potentially eligible to claim compensation on a No Win, No Fee basis.

As a leading firm of consumer action and data breach compensation lawyers, we’re often contacted early by victims when a breach has been announced. We’re taking cases forward for this breach which is one of the over 35 different data actions our lawyers are fighting for justice in. With Steering Committees appointments for some of the biggest and ground-breaking data actions the UK has ever seen, our experience in this niche and complex area of law speaks for itself.

If you have been affected by this data breach, we may be able to help you.

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Hundreds of thousands of Zoom passwords for sale on the dark web

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It’s understood that there may be as many as 500,000 Zoom passwords up for sale on the dark web for less than a penny each as the video conferencing app’s popularity has skyrocketed during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Security experts believe that the hacked accounts have been comprised due to credential stuffing and from other hacked websites where credentials are re-used. Either way, as the popularity of the app has grown significantly as much of the world remains in lockdown, people need to be careful.

The last thing anyone needs in this already troubling time is hackers and scammers taking advantage of people’s vulnerabilities.

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Portsmouth City Council data breach

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There has reportedly been a potentially serious Portsmouth City Council data breach involving a stolen laptop that contained the data for adults and children.

It’s understood that the device was taken in November and may have contained information relating to family matters as well as health data and school information. In the wrong hands, this kind of data could be used for malicious purposes.

Council data breach compensation claims are one of the more common types of individual legal cases that we take forward. When data is exposed or stolen in such a way, the council could receive a fine and the victims can be entitled to make a claim for compensation too.

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