A victim of a police computer data breach can be entitled to make a claim for compensation for any distress or loss that’s suffered.
Ultimately, we treat a police data breach in the same was as any other. The police and their employees are not above the law, and they too must abide by the data protection laws and principles we have here in the UK. As such, any breach can lead to a victim being able to make a claim, and we can offer No Win, No Fee representation.
As experts in data breach compensation claiming, having been helping people (thousands of them!) specifically in this niche area of law for several years, we can help you.
When can you make a police computer data breach compensation claim?
You could be entitled to make a claim for compensation that arises from a police computer data breach where information that’s held by the police is misused or exposed.
This can include when it’s shared without your authority or without good reason.
Examples may include:
- An officer accessing the police national computer to look at, or share, information without any legitimate need to do so, and / or not in the course of proper policing (for personal gain, for example);
- Snooping incidents where employees with access to information may look at the data for people that they know out of interest or curiosity;
- Leaks and hacks of information from police computers, networks, or the devices used by officers and employees that stores such information;
- Incorrect data being stored and used about you (which could lead to problems);
- Cases where the wrong information (i.e. yours) has been used or accessed, perhaps through mistaken identity due to similar names, or relations (as examples).
Although we assess each potential claim on a case-by-case basis, these examples could lead to a successful claim for data breach compensation being made.
How does a claim work?
Our first job is to assess whether we think there’s a legitimate police computer data breach claim to make. If we think that we can succeed with a case, we can represent you on a No Win, No Fee basis.
We must remember that certain information may need to be shared in the interests of safety and policing work. Most of our police are hard-working people who want to help and protect us, and we must always support that. However, when data is not used or shared with a proper reason and with proper authority to do so, that’s when you could be entitled to make a claim.
Data breach compensation amounts for where the exposure or misuse of information occurs through things like inappropriate access to the police national computer database can be high. Those networks contain a great deal of personal and sensitive data that could cause as serious amount of distress for the victims.
What to do
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First published by Matthew on November 13, 2019
Posted in the following categories: Claims Police Security and tagged with compensation | data breach | data controllers | database security | personal data | police breach | police data breach