If you’ve suffered from a Bexley Council data breach, you may not be alone. According to recent information, they’ve suffered a spate of breaches lately.
A Freedom of Information (FOI) request has revealed a huge increase in the number of Bexley council data breach incidents taking place. Local authority data breaches are a common type of claim we often deal with. With the public sector often responsible for large volumes of data breaches, we’re not surprised by the recent revelations.
If you’ve been affected by a council data protection incident, you may be entitled to claim for data breach compensation.
Increase in Bexley Council data breach incidents
There has been a huge increase in Bexley Council data breach incidents.
According to data revealed from an FOI request, there have been at least 22 data breaches in 2017 and 2018 alone. This is huge increase on the previous two years, were there were just three incidents.
Bexley Council is not alone in suffering greater volumes of data breaches. Many local authorities and the third-party agencies they outsource work to have seen increases as well.
An incident was noted that of a laptop containing confidential information being stolen. These kinds of data breaches are entirely preventable with appropriate security and encryption of data.
The common Bexley Council data breach incidents
Unsurprisingly, the Bexley Council data breach incidents are similar in nature to what we often see with public sector breaches.
The most common form of breach was letters being sent to the wrong addresses. Emails also been sent to the wrong recipients were common, as were system errors leading to breaches.
As a firm of specialist data leak lawyers who represent large volumes of council data breach victims, we know these are common forms of breaches.
In a statement, Bexley Council said:
“The council regrets any data breach that occurs and undertakes a thorough investigation of each incident, including carrying out a careful risk assessment and reviewing its procedures to prevent re-occurrence.”
Always remember: if you’ve been affected by a Bexley Council data breach – or any kind of data breach – you can speak to our team for help.
IMPORTANT: advice on this page is intended to be up-to-date for the 'first published date'.
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