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IT system data leaks – compensation advice

IT system data leaks could lead to huge amounts of incredibly personal and sensitive information being leaked or exposed. Victims could be eligible to claim data breach compensation now on a No Win, No Fee basis.

We see these kinds of errors happening all the time, and it is why we represent thousands of people for cases. We are entitled – by law – to protection and safeguarding when it comes to personal information. If this is ever abused or neglected, victims have rights.

As leading lawyers, our job is to make sure that the victims can access the justice that they deserve.

Examples of IT system data leaks

IT system data leaks can come in many forms. Some of the ways in which IT system data leaks could mean that victims, whose personal information is exposed, could be eligible to claim compensation can include:

  • Internal systems providing access to data they should not;
  • Users being able to see the information for other people when they should not;
  • Systems being accessible externally, usually online, without any security;
  • Data leaked from storage areas that should not be accessible for all.

The idea as to why we thought of this one was based on a recent case that we took on for a client. In their case, they were using an internal IT system used for expenses among other things. They discovered that when you typed in the first few letters of a word, the system could prompt the user to show previously entered data. Unfortunately, this reportedly included the data for other employees, and included things like private addresses. Our client was actually contacted by a colleague and was informed that they were able to see our client’s personal information. With thousands using the system, this is clearly an IT error that appears to have resulted in the leak of personal information.

In this kind of scenario, the victim whose personal information has been leaked or exposed could be entitled to pursue a claim for data breach compensation.

Serious issues

Ultimately, simple IT system data leaks can result in personal and private information being exposed. We have the right – in accordance with the GDPR – to have control over our personal information. This can include how it is used and who is able to access it. Further, it should only be accessed for reasons where the data is needed. Our information should not just be freely available for all to access.

In some of the worst cases, a great deal of personal information could be exposed by simple errors. Generally speaking, the more a person suffers, the more a claim for data breach compensation could be valued at in terms of the pay-out. As we saw in the infamous 56 Dean Street Clinic leak that we represent victims for, their HIV statuses were leaked due to an IT error that should never have happened in the first place. This example can serve to show just how serious a leak like this can be, which is why our work to hold data breach perpetrators to account is important.

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You too could benefit from our No Win, No Fee legal representation now. Just get in touch with our team here now for free, no-obligation advice and we would be happy to help.

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