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The importance of company security within an organisation cannot be understated, and it is also important for victims of a GDPR breach to understand their rights to claim compensation.
Your Lawyers – The Data Leak Lawyers – represent thousands of people engaged in individual and group and multi-party legal cases in England and Wales. You can find out if you are eligible to pursue a compensation claim by speaking to our team for free, no-obligation legal advice here now.
The significant importance of company security and how it needs to be treated throughout an entire organisation cannot be understated. It is not just a matter for IT security personnel or outsourced IT companies to deal with, it is a matter that everybody within an organisation needs to be aware of.
It is often (rightly) said that the weakest link when it comes to the cybersecurity defences of an organisation is often its employees. It only takes one employee to fall for a malicious email or accidentally click a link on a dodgy website and they could inadvertently allow access to an organisation’s systems and servers. It may only take one set of access credentials for one employee and cyber hackers could steal swathes of personal information.
The importance of the GDPR and how to comply with it effectively is something that must run throughout an entire organisation and must always be a focal point to ensure that the importance of company security is treated with the respect it deserves.
Any neglect in respect of the importance of company security that results in a breach of the GDPR could allow any victim of a data breach to claim compensation. The GDPR is not just there for the governance and best practices for organisations to comply with, but it is also there for victims to use when their information has been misused or exposed.
In accordance with the GDPR, a data breach victim could be entitled to claim compensation for any distress that they have suffered from that has been caused by the loss of control of personal information. If a data breach victim also suffers losses and expenses, these can be considered, but they are not essential to pursuing a claim. Most people will make a legal case for distress only.
A successful claim could result in a damages pay-out amounting to thousands of pounds, and our average settlement as of the end of 2022 is still at just over £6,000 in damages per claimant. As such, it is well worth your time pursuing a case, particularly because we may be able to represent you for a claim on a No Win, No Fee basis.
You can talk to our team here now for free, no-obligation legal advice to find out if you are eligible to pursue a legal case today.
There are many data protection breach examples in the UK alone, which serves to show how regularly these kinds of incidents occur, and how many people they can affect. Our firm alone represents thousands of people engaged in over 60 group and multi-party actions that we have launched on behalf of people for massive events alone. On top of that, our caseload includes many individual data breaches as well, so you can see how often these events can occur.
Infamous examples of data protection breaches in the UK include the TalkTalk hack of 2015 and the 56 Dean Street Clinic leak of the same year, the Equifax cyberattack of 2017, the British Airways data breaches of 2018, and the Virgin Media data leak of 2020. Whilst there are many more, these are some of the major examples that we represent claimants for.
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