First published by Matthew on January 10, 2020 in the following categories: Claims Cybersecurity ICO Latest Security and tagged with compensation | cyber attack | cyber crime | cybersecurity | database security | ico | personal data | retail data breach
The Dixons Carphone data breach fine has been formally issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for the maximum amount possible under the previous rules.
The cyberattack took place between July 2017 and April 2018, meaning the Data Protection Act 1998 applies as opposed to the GDPR that came into force just a month later. As such, the maximum fine that the retailer could face was £500,000.00, which is what the ICO has issued. Had the attack have continued into the GDPR era, they could have faced fines in the hundreds of millions of pounds mark.
We’ve been representing victims of this data breach for some time now as expert data protection compensation lawyers with a wealth of experience in large consumer actions. As we know a great deal about this breach as it’s one of our live actions, we’re not surprised by the findings and the maximum fine being issued.
First published by Matthew on January 07, 2020 in the following categories: Claims GDPR ICO Latest Security and tagged with data breach | data controllers | data leak | gdpr | ico | medical records | personal data
It’s official: the first GDPR fine in the UK has been issued to Doorstep Dispensaree for data protection breaches that spanned across a two-year period.
This one involves medical data, which is some of the most personal and sensitive forms of data that there is. Medical data breach compensation claims account for a large proportion of the legal cases that we take forward because of how common they can be, and because of the impact on victims. The impact is often severe because this is the kind of information that we do not want to be misused or exposed.
The breach period, in this case, is between June 2016 and June 2018, which means that it just falls within the GDPR start period from May 2018. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) was reportedly alerted to the breach by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) who were conducting unrelated enquiries.
First published by Matthew on January 06, 2020 in the following categories: Claims Cybersecurity ICO Latest and tagged with compensation | cybersecurity | data controllers | data leak | online security | personal data
News of the New Year’s Honours List data leak incident rounded off what has been yet another year of leaks, breaches and hacks.
You can take it from us – as data breach experts – that news of this breach was nothing to be surprised about. We’re often asked for our expert insight by the media as we discuss what feels like a never-ending carousel of incident after incident, and this latest leak was yet another in what has been a big year for data breaches on the whole.
Our client numbers continue to grow given how often these kinds of incidents are taking place. When personal and sensitive information is misused or exposed, it’s important that victims know their rights.
First published by Matthew on December 18, 2019 in the following categories: Claims Cybersecurity GDPR Group Action Hacking News Latest Security and tagged with compensation | cyber attack | cyber crime | cybersecurity | database security | gdpr | Group Action | personal data
The Missoma data breach has a very familiar feel to it. In fact, it feels identical to a number of previous breaches, including compensation actions we’re involved with.
Reportedly, an email sent to customers has confirmed that a data breach has taken place and that malicious software from a third-party had been used to target customers’ payment details. It appears that malicious code has been injected into the payments part of the website in order to steal data processed through it.
Although news of the breach has only just broken, the circumstances surrounding the incident appear to be exactly the same as a number of other data breaches that have taken place in recent years as well.
First published by Matthew on December 16, 2019 in the following categories: Claims Cybersecurity Data Group Action Latest and tagged with compensation | cybersecurity | data breach | Group Action | personal data
We’ve seen a number of data breaches in 2019, as well as developments in some of the high-profile cases that we’re involved with.
As the year comes to a close, it’s a time to reflect on the fact that there have been 4 billion records breached so far, according to Norton. This is despite the introduction of the GDPR last year that should have pushed organisations into ensuring that leaks, breaches and hacks are always at a minimum.
As the issue of data breaches continues to affect us all, it’s also important for the victims to know their rights when their personal information has been misused or exposed.
First published by Matthew on December 10, 2019 in the following categories: Cybersecurity Hacking News Latest Technology and tagged with cyber attack | cyber crime | cyber snooping | cybersecurity | personal data | smart technology
Serious concerns have been raised over security issues that could lead to smart toy data breaches and children being at risk of contact from strangers or exposure to explicit content.
Consumer group Which? has reportedly identified serious security flaws in a number of smart toys that could lead them to being hacked or interfered with. They’re now calling on big name retailers like Amazon, Argos, John Lewis and Smyths to withdraw some “intelligent” and “connected” toys for sale this Christmas. They’re also calling on the government to introduce mandatory security standards for smart toy manufacturers.
We’ve talked in the past about the dangers of smart toys and the “Internet of Things” as greater connectivity opens more doorways for cybercriminals. In the run up to the festive season, the consumer group’s findings are set to cause justifiable concern.
First published by Matthew on December 05, 2019 in the following categories: Claims Cybersecurity Group Action Latest Scammers Security and tagged with compensation | cyber attack | cyber crime | cybersecurity | data breach | Group Action | online security | personal data
The Sweaty Betty data breach incident appears to be another case of cybercriminals using malicious code in checkout systems to steal sensitive information.
We’ve literally seen this before. Two of the big recent examples are British Airways and Ticketmaster; both of which are thought to be attacks carried out by the same group of hackers. Inserting code into checkout systems can lead to personal details and payment card data being exposed and that’s exactly what has happened in the Sweaty Betty case.
Anyone who has been affected in England and Wales may be entitled to bring a claim for data breach compensation, and we can help.
First published by Matthew on December 04, 2019 in the following categories: Claims Cybersecurity Latest Police Security and tagged with compensation | data breach | data leak | police breach | police data breach
No one is above the law, and that includes our police service. If a police data leak ever takes place, victims are entitled to justice in the same way as anyone else can be.
Given that the police handle a monumental wealth of personal and sensitive information, their duties to comply with important data protection legislation is important. Any leak, breach or hack could lead to information exposure which could have a serious impact on the victims, which is why it’s important for us to talk about this topic.
You can be entitled to make a claim for data leak compensation, and you’re safe doing so with us.
First published by Matthew on November 12, 2019 in the following categories: Claims Cybersecurity Hacking News Healthcare Latest Security and tagged with compensation | cyber attack | cybersecurity | data breach | data controllers | healthcare sector | medical data breach | medical records | nhs
When it comes to avoiding what can be incredibly damaging healthcare information data breaches, prevention over reaction is absolutely key.
In fact, just this morning, we’ve heard about the Labour Party reportedly being hit by a “large and sophisticated cyber-attack”. Our understanding is that the attack on its digital platforms failed, and the reason for the failure is reportedly due to the party’s “robust security systems”.
So, there you have it. Just as we’re about to give you our expert advice about the need for the healthcare sector to focus on prevention, we have just seen what may be the perfect example to compare it to. The long and short of it all is that all organisations must take all reasonable steps to ensure their cybersecurity is robust in order to prevent events taking place.
First published by Matthew on October 07, 2019 in the following categories: British Airways Data Breach Claims Group Action Latest and tagged with British Airways Data Breach | compensation | cyber attack | Group Action
Mr Justice Warby at the High Court of Justice has given the go ahead for the 500,000 or so victims of the 2018 cyber-attacks to sue British Airways for compensation.
Our firm has been formally appointed to the Steering Committee for the BA Group Action. This means that we will be at the forefront of the action as we continue our fight for justice for the victims of last year’s data breach incidents.
We’ve received a huge influx of new cases over the weekend following Friday’s success at Court. As a law firm who are open seven days a week, our team has been busy over the weekend as clients get started on their journey toward compensation.