Public sector GDPR violations are becoming a bigger and bigger problem for government data protection teams, and our work representing the victims has never been more important than now.
New research into public sector GDPR violations has reportedly indicated that understaffed teams and an increased workload are potentially leading to the occurrence of many more public sector data breaches than there should be. As a leading firm of data breach lawyers, this unfortunate issue does not come as a surprise to us.
If your personal data has been exposed as part of a public GDPR violation, you could be entitled to claim compensation on a No Win, No Fee basis. Depending on the nature of the information breached, and who it has been exposed to, or misused by, you could make a substantial compensation claim. We are specialists in the field of data breach law and the team is ready to help you with your claim.
Public sector GDPR violations
The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) introduced in 2018 resulted in a huge amount of necessary work for governments and public sector data protection teams to undertake. Workloads when it comes to data protection matters have drastically increased over the past two years, yet the number of staff in data protection teams may not have. As such, some data protection teams may be having to work incredibly hard to try and limit the number of public sector GDPR violations.
Understandably, the risk of these kinds of incidents can easily grow whilst limited numbers of staff are employed.
A Survey Report by eCase, The Impact of GDPR on Central Government, indicated that limited government and public sector staff in data protection teams could result in more public sector GDPR violations as workers will physically not be able to cover the workload. According to the eCase report, 40% of data protection officers in central government and in the public sector have indicated that employee numbers stayed roughly the same whilst their workload increased.
The risks that this can lead to are clear and obvious.
Repercussions of public sector GDPR violations
Up until the introduction of the renewed Data Protection Act in 2018 with the GDPR, fines for data breaches were somewhat small. This meant that the consequences of a breach may not have been enough of a deterrent to ensure for adequate security measures to prevent such GDPR violations from happening.
Now, companies can face fines of up to €20 million or 4% of their annual global turnover in some cases, which is a far greater deterrent.
Make a claim with us
If your personal data has been involved in a data breach, you could be eligible to make a compensation claim with us.
We have years of experience handling data breach actions. In 2018, we were appointed by the High Court of Justice to the Steering Committee of the British Airways Data Breach Group Action. This was the first GDPR Group Litigation Order (GLO) in England and Wales.
Our team is always happy to help go over your potential claim with you. Contact us here to request a call back from a member of our legal team now.
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First published by Matthew on December 08, 2020
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