Gloucestershire Council data breaches have been in the news following an annual report that outlined a number of incidents, some of which looked to be serious.
As we often say, council data breach compensation claims are one of the most common types of individual legal cases that we take forward for people. They can be unfortunately common, and they can also cause a great deal of harm for the victims. In fact, a couple of the cases that we resolved this year alone settled for between £7,000.00 and £9,000.00, and both involved sensitive information being accidentally shared. It can easily happen, but the damage from data being misused and exposed can be severe.
As a leading firm of data breach lawyers, we’re more than used to seeing the impact for the victims, which is why we do what we do.
Gloucestershire Council data breaches in the news
Gloucestershire Council data breaches have been in the news after a recent report from the local authority outlined several issues that have taken place.
It’s understood that one individual has been dismissed and a further two employees left their posts after serious data breaches were discovered. Almost 200 incidents referenced in an annual report included breaches involving child services that have been reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The council has reportedly confirmed that one incident involved a letter with a foster child’s information on it being sent to the birth mother.
As a local authority, they are not alone in dealing with these kinds of incidents. We see a lot of news stories about council data breaches, and we continue to take on a large number of compensation claims for the victims. The Gloucestershire Council data breaches outlined in the report represent just one corner of many incidents that are taking place all the time.
The damage can be significant
We can tell you from first-hand experience over several years of being at the forefront of this complex and niche area of law that the impact for victims of a breach can be significant.
Local authorities often hold incredibly personal and sensitive data about a large number of people. When it comes to child services and social services matters like we have seen with the Gloucestershire Council data breaches in the news, the impact can be severe. This is why data breach compensation amounts for cases like this can be significant and can go far beyond what we have referenced above with the two recent settled case examples.
Sometimes, these things happen, and they can arise from genuine mistakes and errors. However, there is a great deal that can be done to reduce the risks of a data breach occurring, and all organisations should make sure that they’re taking all reasonable steps to safeguard the data that they hold. Where a mistake occurs, or where more could – and should – have been done to have prevented a breach, victims may be entitled to claim data breach compensation.
Even if the negligence was caused by an employee, the council itself can still be responsible for meeting the claim. We will usually direct a case straight to them.
Your voice for justice
You do not have to suffer in silence as the victim of a data breach. You could be entitled to claim compensation and we may be able to represent to for a legal case on a No Win, No Fee basis.
For free, no-obligation advice, please don’t hesitate to contact our team today.
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First published by Matthew on July 21, 2020
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