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You could be entitled to claim compensation for UK council data breaches, and our leading team of privacy experts may be able to represent you for a case on a No Win, No Fee basis.
Your Lawyers, as a leading name in respect of privacy compensation, represent thousands of people engaged in claims, including many against local authorities. You can contact our team for free, no-obligation legal advice about starting your claim with us here now.
UK council data breaches can, unfortunately, be common events. For anyone who has had their information misused or exposed because of this kind of incident, they could be entitled to pursue privacy compensation with our leading team now.
We can represent eligible clients for cases on a No Win, No Fee basis if we believe that there is a good enough chance of being able to succeed with the case. Councils and local authority agencies that work is outsourced to have an important duty to protect the incredibly personal and sensitive information that they store and process. We know how sensitive such data can be, so we also know how significant the impact can be on the victim if something has gone wrong.
The GDPR can allow the victim of a data breach to claim compensation for any distress that has been caused by the loss of control of personal information. You are claiming a sort of “injury to feelings” so to speak, for any worry, anger, hurt, upset, distress, or general impact on your mental health. Our average compensation settlement is currently at just over £6,000 in damages alone, so it is well worth your time pursuing a case.
Issues in respect of UK council data breaches were in the media recently. It was reported that there had been close to 1,500 breaches being disclosed in a single year according to a survey. Media reports also touched on issues in relation to devices being lost as well as how it was reportedly found that Suffolk County Council had reported over 650 incidents.
These figures look to be much higher than we are used to in recent years, and there could be several reasons for this. When the GDPR came into force in 2018, a bigger focus has been put on data breaches, so it is likely that more incidents are now being disclosed, and the conversation around data breaches and privacy is also more prevalent. We are also still in the midst of the cost-of-living crisis which has affected public sector services significantly in relation to resources and funding. This has meant that data protection has perhaps, in some cases, fallen by the wayside. We also cannot ignore the significant impact that the COVID-19 pandemic had in relation to data privacy issues.
A potential common cause for UK council data breaches taking place is where there has been some form of hack that resulted in the information of large numbers of people being misused or exposed.
Even if your information has been misused or exposed as a result of a local authority cyberattack, you could still be eligible to pursue compensation. Succeeding with the case comes down to whether we can show that more could have been done by the local authority to have prevented the breach taking place. If this is the case, that is when you could be eligible to pursue damages and succeed with the claim.
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