Data protection laws are designed to do exactly what they say – they are in place to protect your personal data from being exposed and/or misused.
In today’s digital age, it has become harder and harder to keep track of your personal information and data. When we create online accounts or do our online shopping, we are trusting that business or organisation to have the correct security measures in place to protect our sensitive data, and we trust that they are abiding by important data protection laws.
Your Lawyers (T/a The Data Leak Lawyers) is a leading specialist data breach law firm. We have pioneered data breach action since 2014 and we are passionate about fighting for the rights of victims of data breaches. We know the importance of holding organisations to account when it comes to data protection and we know the damage data breaches can have on individuals when it is exposed or misused.
What are the data protection laws in place?
The data protection laws in place are there to keep your data secure and protected from the hands of criminals or from being exposed in general. The Data Protection Act of 1998 was designed to protect all personal data, stored (for example) on computers or in paper filing systems, and ensure individuals’ information is secure and inaccessible without reason and consent
The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) were introduced in 2018 and are in place across the European Union to protect each individual’s data. The GDPR succeeded the original DPA 1998, and the new laws are designed to give individuals more control over how and when their data is used. It governs data use, consent, control, exposure, and even compensation for if a data breach takes place.
If the laws are broken, what can you claim for?
Listed below are some of the circumstances under which you could be eligible to make a claim:
- Private information about you has been leaked or hacked from a third-party organisation;
- Sensitive information about you has been leaked or hacked;
- Your personal information has been passed to a third party without your express consent;
- Your personal information has been misused or mishandled by an organisation;
- Your personal information has been misused or mishandled by a social networking site like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, etc.;
- You have been filmed without consent in circumstances like medical care where your rights to privacy are paramount (even in cases of whistle blowing);
- Where organisations have failed to maintain accurate and up-to-date data about you, and this has resulted in damage.
You can read more about when you can be eligible to make a data breach claim here.
More about the Data Leak Lawyers
We have years of experience helping thousands of victims recover millions of pounds in damages across a broad range of cases. We are currently representing claimants across over 50 different multi-party and group action claims, as well as for individual claims too.
As a leading data breach law firm, we were appointed to the Steering Committee by the High Court of Justice for the British Airways Data Breach Action in 2018. This is the first GDPR Group Litigation Order (GLO) in England and Wales, and is a pioneering and groundbreaking legal action.
IMPORTANT: advice on this page is intended to be up-to-date for the 'first published date'.
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First published by Matthew on December 29, 2020
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