You may be entitled to make a claim for compensation if you are the victim of a human error data breach incident.
In fact, some of the biggest group action and individual cases we’re fighting for justice in were caused by simple human errors. Many of the human errors committed are preventable, and it’s this key factor that means you can be entitled to make a claim.
Don’t assume that you can’t claim because a person is responsible (or partially responsible) for a data breach. The organisations who employee people can be vicariously liable for the actions of their employee. This means that the blame can be squarely with the employer!
Common human error data breach incidents
Common human error data breach incidents that can mean you, as a victim, are entitled to claim compensation can include:
- Rubbish passwords leading to data being compromised through hacks;
- Poorly-managed privileged access: where too many people are allowed access to important things like servers, or where access to high-value systems is not secure enough, as examples;
- Employees allowing access to devices that are used for work to other people, leading to a breach;
- Accidental data disclosure (for example, without proper consent / authority);
- Sending data to the wrong person(s);
- Falling for phishing scams.
In each of the examples above, something could be done to prevent the breach. For example:
- Enforcing the use of strong passwords and two-factor authentication for access;
- Policies, procedures and training for staff that is thorough and is kept up-to-date (particularly useful for preventing phishing scams);
- Strong, industrial-grade anti-malware and virus protection software.
Even a little more care can go a long way when it comes to preventing a human error data breach. Software can be used for sending emails to prevent accidental disclosures as well.
The tech is there, and organisations must make use of it.
Can you claim compensation for a human error data breach?
You may be entitled to claim compensation as a victim of a human error data breach. If we can show that more could have been done to have prevented the breach, you should have a claim.
If we’re confident that we can help you with a case, we may be able to offer you No Win, No Fee representation. Data breach compensation amounts can be high when it comes to breaches involving personal and sensitive data. With a lot of human error incidents taking place in the NHS and the healthcare sector in general, the damage for the victim can be devastating.
For help and advice, please contact the team for free, no-obligation information about your options for claiming.
An infamous example…
There are some well-known examples of human error data breach incidents that we’re helping people claim for. One of these includes the 56 Dean Street Clinic leak that we’re fighting for justice in.
In this case, an email was sent to patients using a HIV service, but the email was sent to all the recipients without masking their names and email addresses. This led to hundreds of patients’ information being leaked, and we continue to fight for justice for victims affected by this incident today.
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First published by Matthew on May 08, 2019
Posted in the following categories: Cybersecurity Employee Data Breach Security Technology and tagged with compensation | cybersecurity | data breach | data controllers | data leak | database security | email leaks | online security | phishing scams