If you have been affected by a city council data breach and you’re in need of data breach compensation advice and representation, we can help.
With the public sector often at the top of the tables in terms of the volume of data breaches, the impact for victims who suffer as a result of an incident like a city council data breach cannot be ignored. These organisations hold a great deal of personal and sensitive data about us, and it’s not only enough information to cause distress and alarm, but it can also lead to financial crimes like fraud and identity theft.
We take on a great deal of cases for public sector data breaches because of the severity of the impact they can have as well as the frequency of them occurring.
The impact of a city council data breach
The impact of a city council data breach can be huge. Local government authorities often hold a wealth of personal and potentially sensitive information about us, which can include:
- Personal contact information;
- Salary and benefits information;
- National insurance numbers;
- Medical and disability information;
- Tax information.
Any of the above – or any combination of the above – can be a cause for concern if the data is leaked or hacked, and such information in the wrong hands can lead to people falling victim to financial crimes.
What can you do as a victim of a city council data breach?
If you are the victim of a city council data breach, you may be entitled to claim for data breach compensation. Depending on the nature of the information about you that has been exposed, as well as the circumstances as to how it has been exposed, we may be able to help.
When it comes to errors on the part of the council, such as data being shared by mistake, or data being sent to the wrong person(s) in error, you have grounds to make a claim for compensation. When it comes to incidents of hacking, whether you can claim or not can depend on how the hack occurred and what protection the city council has.
Given the current public sector financial problems, there are public sector organisations falling shot in terms of adequate protection as a result of a lack of funds. Not only does this leave people’s data potentially vulnerable, but it also leaves city councils at risk of legitimate data breach claims arising from their failure to have adequate security in place.
Last year’s WannaCry attack on the NHS was a classic example of how outdated and unsecured systems can leave data open to exposure.
Contact our team for advice about a city council data breach
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