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We represent thousands of people claiming data breach compensation, and a number of those involve council email data leaks that are often entirely preventable.
The team here at Your Lawyers – AKA The Data Leak Lawyers – is more than used to helping people pursue council data breach compensation cases as a leading firm of privacy claims experts. Claims against councils and local authorities are common, and you could be eligible to receive No Win, No Fee legal representation now.
You could be eligible to claim compensation for a breach of privacy arising from council email data leaks. Whether the email is about your data being sent to the wrong recipient, or where an attachment containing your data is sent to someone else, or where it is a mass email event (which we advise on further below), you could be eligible to launch a legal case.
The GDPR can allow a victim of a data breach to claim compensation for any distress caused by the loss of control of personal information. As such, if your personal information has been misused or exposed, you could be entitled to claim damages now.
Council data breach compensation claims are some of the most common types of legal cases that we represent people for. For eligible clients, we are happy to be able to offer No Win, No Fee legal representation.
One of the most common forms of council email data leaks that can lead to people being eligible to claim compensation arising from a breach of privacy involves mass emails being sent to residents. Councils and Local Authorities often contact large numbers of people for various reasons, and conducting such an exercise improperly can lead to the exposure of private information.
It usually happens when an email is sent to lots of recipients where the recipients can see each other’s email addresses, and sometimes their names. The common reason is that the email is sent and is supposed to “BCC” (Blind Carbon Copy) recipients to hide their information, but instead the “CC” function is used (Carbon Copy) which shows the list of recipients. Ultimately, this is an archaic method of contacting large numbers of people, and there are plenty of readily available mailing platforms that can be used safely and securely instead. Archaic methods risk an error that exposes personal information, and there is no excuse for it.
The context of the email can be important. A mass email about something general may not cause too many people to be distressed, but when you consider examples like the 56 Dean Street matter where the recipients where HIV sufferers, you can see why the impact was significant.
Unfortunately, council email data leaks like this continue to happen and they easily do happen when simple and avoidable errors occur. For example, Tower Hamlets Council last May sent out an email to almost 400 people about a consultation on parking rules. This is a matter that we are taking legal action for.
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