In the continually growing world of digital storage, exposed database compensation claims are inevitably on the rise, and will likely continue to rise until more is done to protect people’s information.
There are so many ways that databases can be exposed, and exposure can stem from leaks, hacks and poor access management. There have been high profile cases where databases have been exposed, and the organisations are paying the price in fines and in compensation claims. Some of the group action and multi-party actions we’re running stem from exposed databases, so we know how bad it can get when data breaches happen this way.
Never suffer in silence if you fall victim to an exposed database incident. You may qualify to make a claim for data breach compensation, and we may be able to represent you for it.
When can you make a claim for an exposed database?
You may be eligible to make an exposed database compensation claim if your information has been leaked or hacked due to a breached database.
It can easily happen nowadays, and there are so many reasons that it can happen.
These can include:
- Information accidentally accessible online without any protection at all;
- Poor passwords and no use of password expiry, leaving databases vulnerable to being illegally accessed;
- A lack of encryption, two-factor authentication and too much accessibly for people in an organisation to access data far and wide without adequate protection;
- A lack of security and up-to-date patches to ensure security is effective.
Culprits can range from financial services companies to your local council when it comes to allowing a database to be exposed. Whether you can claim or not usually comes down to two simple questions that we ask:
- Was the breach, leak or hack preventable?
- Has your information been exposed as a result of a breach, leak or hack?
If the answer to both of these questions is yes, you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation. Data breach claim amounts are then determined in most cases by the severity of the impact and whether you have lost money.
To find out more, make sure you get in touch with our specialist team.
Some examples of exposed database compensation actions
We represent victims who are claiming for exposed database compensation in actions right now. A famous one is the Equifax data breach, where their databases were left exposed because of a failure to apply a patch for a known vulnerability. They also then failed to identify the ongoing vulnerability, which has led to one of the biggest breaches in history happening.
The British Airways data breach we’re also representing people for is another example. Their databases were compromised by hackers manipulating coding on their website, and they were able to steal information with relative ease.
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 May 14, 2019
Posted in the following categories: Cybersecurity Data Security Technology and tagged with compensation | cybersecurity | data breach | data controllers | database security | online security | personal data