Legal help for data breach compensation claims

No excuse for accidental data breaches

First published by Matthew on December 24, 2019 in the following categories: Claims Data Employee Data Breach Security Technology and tagged with | | | | | |

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When it comes to the impact for victims and their rights that are enshrined in law, there’s simply no excuse when it comes to accidental data breaches.

Although “accidents happen”, as they say, there’s so much that organisations can – and must – do to prevent breaches and leaks. A lot of it is simple stuff, and a lot of it comes down to employers putting policies and procedures in place, and employees sticking to them.

We can show you how easy it is with a few simple examples. We can also advise about the rights of victims and inform you what you can do if you are ever the victim of a breach or a leak.

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Another big year for data breach compensation actions

First published by Matthew on December 23, 2019 in the following categories: Claims Group Action and tagged with | | | |

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2019 has been another big year for data breach compensation actions. As leaks and hacks continue to happen at alarming rates, our work has never been more important than it is now.

People are entitled to claim compensation when their personal information is misused or exposed. You can claim for the distress that’s caused by the loss of control of your data, as well as for any financial losses.

This year, we’ve seen a huge surge in new clients signing-up for our No Win, No Fee services, which is to be expected given our importance in the field.

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The issue of police misusing IT systems

First published by Matthew on December 20, 2019 in the following categories: Claims Data Employee Data Breach GDPR ICO Police Security Technology and tagged with | | | | |

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We’ve discussed the issue of the police misusing IT systems before, and it’s a topic that needs to be addressed a lot given the nature of the data that they’re charged with.

Officers and employees have access to huge amounts of data, some of which is very personal and very sensitive. When exposed, victims can be understandably distressed, and that’s where we can assist.

Victims of a data breach can be entitled to make a claim for compensation that stems from the loss of control of private and sensitive information. We may be able to represent you, and since no one is above the law, you shouldn’t worry about going up against the police.

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Social Care records data breach

First published by Matthew on December 19, 2019 in the following categories: Claims Council Employee Data Breach GDPR ICO and tagged with | | | | | |

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If you have been the victim of a social care records data breach, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation with us on a No Win, No Fee basis.

One of the most common types of individual legal cases that we represent people for involve councils, and a large volume of them relate to social care information. Social care data can be incredibly personal and sensitive which is why we find that data breach compensation pay-outs for these kinds of incidents can be quite high.

Victims should always know their rights. An apology isn’t always enough, especially when the data that has been exposed or misused is sensitive, which can often be the case when it comes to social care data.

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Missoma data breach

First published by Matthew on December 18, 2019 in the following categories: Claims Cybersecurity GDPR Group Action Hacking News Latest Security and tagged with | | | | | | |

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The Missoma data breach has a very familiar feel to it. In fact, it feels identical to a number of previous breaches, including compensation actions we’re involved with.

Reportedly, an email sent to customers has confirmed that a data breach has taken place and that malicious software from a third-party had been used to target customers’ payment details. It appears that malicious code has been injected into the payments part of the website in order to steal data processed through it.

Although news of the breach has only just broken, the circumstances surrounding the incident appear to be exactly the same as a number of other data breaches that have taken place in recent years as well.

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NHS data breaches and technology

First published by Matthew on December 17, 2019 in the following categories: Claims Cybersecurity Hacking News Healthcare Security Technology and tagged with | | | | | | |

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NHS data breaches and technology can go hand-in-hand. A lot of the incidents that we take forward for both individual cases and group action / multi-party claims often involve technology issues.

One of the most common types of cases that we take forward are NHS data breach compensation claims. Not only can they be common, but the impact for the victims – given how personal and sensitive medical data is – can usually mean that they suffer significant distress. That’s why our work to fight for the rights of the victims is so important.

We’re involved with more than one infamous group legal action as well as countless individual claims for medical data breaches. If you have been affected by an NHS data breach, we may be able to help you as well.

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Data breaches in 2019

First published by Matthew on December 16, 2019 in the following categories: Claims Cybersecurity Data Group Action Latest and tagged with | | | |

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We’ve seen a number of data breaches in 2019, as well as developments in some of the high-profile cases that we’re involved with.

As the year comes to a close, it’s a time to reflect on the fact that there have been 4 billion records breached so far, according to Norton. This is despite the introduction of the GDPR last year that should have pushed organisations into ensuring that leaks, breaches and hacks are always at a minimum.

As the issue of data breaches continues to affect us all, it’s also important for the victims to know their rights when their personal information has been misused or exposed.

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Gaming app data breaches

First published by Matthew on December 13, 2019 in the following categories: Cybersecurity Data Mobile Data Security Smartphones Social Networking Technology and tagged with | | | | | | |

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There has been a large volume of gaming app data breaches in recent years, and it may well be a trend that’s set to continue as these kinds of apps grow in popularity.

Gaming apps are now used by millions across the world, and there are no doubt hundreds of even thousands of them to choose from worldwide. We’ve previously discussed the issues over many apps having poor security, which recently led to Facebook closing down links with hundreds of apps due to concerns.

Ultimately, people need to be careful. Not only do people need to consider who it is that’s going to be in charge of their personal information, but they also need to consider what happens if a security breach takes place.

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Data breaches and encryption

First published by Matthew on December 12, 2019 in the following categories: Claims Cybersecurity Security Technology and tagged with | | | | | |

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Given the continually large volumes of incidents that are happening, it’s important to approach the subject of data breaches and encryption.

In some cases, leaks can happen due to human errors or system problems. Some hacks may take place because 100% effective defence is a hard thing to achieve. This doesn’t excuse an organisation when it comes to their responsibilities, but it’s important for them to understand that it’s about more than just trying to stop incidents; it’s also about preventing damage.

And that’s where encryption and even basic levels of protection is king.

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Understanding the real impact of a medical data breach

First published by Matthew on December 11, 2019 in the following categories: Claims Healthcare and tagged with | | | | | |

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As expert lawyers, we feel that it’s important to understand the real impact of a medical data breach, which is something we have a great deal of experience in helping people with.

We have, for a number of years, been asked for help by thousands of people who have been affected by data breach events. Many of them involve medical data as it’s one of the most common types of individual legal cases that we take forward. Some of the group and multi-party actions were’ involved with also involve medical data, with some being incredibly serious and sensitive.

We understand how the victims feel. When people make a medical data breach compensation claim with us, our focus is on ensuring that any justice you deserve reflects what you have had to go through.

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