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Education sector data breach compensation claims can have a significant impact, and we can represent victims pursuing cases on a No Win, No Fee basis.
We are Your Lawyers – Leading Data Leak Lawyers – representing thousands of people pursuing privacy compensation cases, with victims potentially eligible to recover thousands of pounds in damages. Our expert team is happy to provide free, no-obligation legal advice and you can speak to them here now.
The risks of education sector breaches in terms of the impact on the victim can be substantial, as can the risks of hackers targeting this particular industry given the nature of the information that is stored and processed.
As well as the usual personal and contact information, schools, colleges and universities may require additional details such as medical information, sensitive domestic data, and details of personal matters relating to educational progress. Medical information and sensitive domestic information can fall under the category of “special category” data in accordance with the GDPR, which means that it can be afforded special protection because it is particularly personal and sensitive. This kind of information can precisely be the type that we want to maintain confidentiality over. If it is exposed or misused, the impact on a person can be severe.
There may also be financial information, particularly for university students in respect of student loan matters and bursaries. It goes without saying that this kind of information could be used by hackers to commit fraud and theft.
Hackers know that this kind of information could be there for the taking, which is why they may target the education sector. However, they may also target universities specifically for research information and, as a side consequence, this could lead to personal data for students getting caught up in the hack.
All in all, the risks of education sector data breaches must never be ignored, and organisations responsible for cybersecurity matters in such settings have an important duty to get things right.
Anyone who has been affected by education sector data breaches could be entitled to claim GDPR compensation for any distress that they have suffered from that is caused by the loss of control of their personal information.
If we are talking about financial data, and this has led to some form of fraud or theft, a victim could be entitled to recover damages for any losses and expenses. In most cases, people claim for the distress they have suffered from that is caused when the control they are entitled to have over their information is lost.
If you have lost control over your information through no fault of your own, you may have a claim to make and we may be able to represent you on a No Win, No Fee basis. All you need to do is speak to our team here now for free, no-obligation legal advice.
When it comes to school services data breach claims, we appreciate that we may be talking about the information of a minor that is affected. A minor is usually unable to bring a claim themselves, with the most common way of doing it being via a “litigation friend”. A litigation friend is usually a parent or guardian, and they can pursue the claim on behalf of the minor, acting in their best interests.
As such, it is still possible to pursue a claim when it involves a child whose information has been misused or exposed.
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