GDPR fines and compensation claims for victims are two separate things with separate avenues for recovering money in either case.
Although the GDPR means that fines can now hit the millions, none of that money is designed to be for the victims. Money recovered from financial penalties will normally end up in the treasury with other general government funds like taxes and fines. It can then be used for government spending.
When it comes to justice for victims, you can speak to us about a separate legal action where you can bring a claim for data breach compensation.
GDPR fines and compensation claims
Because GDPR fines and compensation claims are separate matters, victims of a data breach need to pursue a legal case separately.
The GDPR allows victims to be able to recover compensation, but as stated above, money from fines isn’t used for compensation. All you need to do is instruct us to represent you for a No Win, No Fee compensation claim and we can use the law to then pursue our own case where you can receive the compensation that you deserve.
If you have been the victim of a breach, you can be entitled to claim. It’s important that victims know that they can also be entitled to justice, and that’s what we focus on as a leading firm of data breach compensation lawyers.
GDPR breach compensation amounts
When it comes to how much compensation you could be entitled to claim for a GDPR breach, it often comes down to the distress that the victim has suffered.
Valuations of GDPR fines and compensation claims are also separate. A fine issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) may be based on things like the severity of the information exposed or misused, and the number of people affected. When it comes to an individual claim, it’s about how badly the person has suffered, and this varies from person to person.
Generally speaking, the more a victim suffers, the more they could be entitled to claim for. It’s all about the distress that’s caused by the loss of control of personal information.
Free, no-obligation advice
We appreciate that the questions over GDPR fines and compensation claims can be hard to understand. People want to know if they have a case, and with ICO fines not designed for compensation, people want to know where to turn.
As great as the ICO fines can be to act as a clear deterrent for organisations to adhere to the law, it’s no real help for the victims. But you don’t have to suffer in silence. If you have been the victim of a data breach, our team of experts are more than happy to speak to you for free, no-obligation advice about your options for justice.
If we can help you, we can offer to represent you on a No Win, No Fee basis. This means that you can claim on the basis that we can write off our legal fees if the case doesn’t succeed, subject to the terms and conditions of the agreement.
What have you got to lose?
You can contact our team today for advice. We’re normally open until 10pm on weekdays and 9am to 5pm on weekends.
The Data Leak Lawyers is a leading firm of data breach compensation experts that have been representing victims for data cases for years; longer than most other firms. We’re on the Steering Committee for the first GDPR Group Litigation Order (GLO) action in England and Wales and are proudly fighting for justice in over 30 different group and multi-party actions.
IMPORTANT: advice on this page is intended to be up-to-date for the 'first published date'.
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