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November 30, 2018

York Council data breach

The recent York Council data breach led to the information for almost 6,000 people being exposed due to a coding vulnerability.

A computer expert happened upon the vulnerability in the ‘One Plant York’ app. He did the right thing and reported the breach to York Council, who then bizarrely reported him to the police. It’s understood that the expert had alerted the Council in efforts to make them aware, so the issue could be resolved.

The police matter aside, the result is that the data for almost 6,000 people has been left exposed. If one expert happened upon it, who’s to say someone else isn’t already aware of it, and hasn’t already been exploiting it?

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November 29, 2018

East Lindsey Council data breach

The recent East Lindsey Council data breach was another example of a totally avoidable incident that resulted in sensitive information being exposed.

Our lawyers are often representing victims for council data breach cases. This includes for claims against local authority agencies and outsourced third-parties as well.

Public sector breaches can be common, and council data breaches are amongst the most frequent we see. As is the case with the East Lindsey Council data breach, many of the incidents are totally avoidable. Many stem from simple errors that can have costly consequences.

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November 27, 2018

Have you suffered a Bexley Council data breach?

If you’ve suffered from a Bexley Council data breach, you may not be alone. According to recent information, they’ve suffered a spate of breaches lately.

A Freedom of Information (FOI) request has revealed a huge increase in the number of Bexley council data breach incidents taking place. Local authority data breaches are a common type of claim we often deal with. With the public sector often responsible for large volumes of data breaches, we’re not surprised by the recent revelations.

If you’ve been affected by a council data protection incident, you may be entitled to claim for data breach compensation.

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November 23, 2018

Concerns over Cornwall Council data protection breach incidents

Concerns have been raised over a spate of Cornwall Council data protection breach incidents, leading to worries over the safety of data in their hands.

The recent email data breach was one incident that was raised in council meetings. On top of that, there have been incidents of data loss, data leaks and councillors being hacked.

With the degree of sensitive and personal information that councils hold, any council data breach can be a serious one. Cornwall Council isn’t the only local authority with data protection headaches. The new GDPR is set to only make things tougher; and rightly so.

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November 20, 2018

Lancashire County Council data protection concerns

Concerns have been raised over the quality of Lancashire County Council data protection measures after a spate of breaches occurred in a period of a few months.

Council data breach claims are common. Our Data Leak Lawyers represent a lot of victims claiming for council data protection issues because of how often these incidents can occur.

According to recent figures, Lancashire County Council data protection measures are in need of improvement. This has come after a significant number of breaches occurred over a three-month period, of which some were referred to the ICO (Information Commissioner’s office).

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November 16, 2018

Forest of Dean Council selling data and the Equifax breach

The Forest of Dean Council selling data to Equifax means that residents of the area may be affected by the Equifax data breach scandal.

We’re already acting for a large number of victims of the Equifax data breach since we launched our legal action last year. Although Equifax has been fined the maximum allowed under the old rules by the ICO, our legal action is for compensation for victims. This is separate to the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) penalty for breaching the law.

We, of course, cannot go into detail about who we’re acting for with our legal action. What we can say though is that, based on recent news from Gloucestershire Live, a large number of Forest of Dean residents may be affected by the Equifax data breach.

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October 18, 2018

Southwark Council data leak advice

Earlier this month, an apology was issued over the Southwark Council data leak, and the matter was brought to the attention of regulators.

The personal information of around 20 people was accidentally leaked as part of a Freedom of Information request. The request had asked for correspondence between council officials and Delancey, an asset management company.

The personal information had not been redacted, resulting in the leak. The Information Commissioner’s office (ICO) has been informed.

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October 17, 2018

Cornwall council data breach claim advice

The Cornwall Council data breach was yet another email blunder where addresses and personal information was not masked in a mailshot

In the breach, an email about disabled children was sent to over 150 people relating to their max card scheme. The max card scheme is a scheme for discounts for foster families and families with disabled children.

In yet another email breach, the personal data and email addresses in the mailshot were exposed. Neither the BCC function or a mailing platform had been used to avoid the data breach. It may attract a GDPR-style fine given it took place after the new rules came into force.

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August 14, 2018

City council data breach compensation advice

If you have been affected by a city council data breach and you’re in need of data breach compensation advice and representation, we can help.

With the public sector often at the top of the tables in terms of the volume of data breaches, the impact for victims who suffer as a result of an incident like a city council data breach cannot be ignored. These organisations hold a great deal of personal and sensitive data about us, and it’s not only enough information to cause distress and alarm, but it can also lead to financial crimes like fraud and identity theft.

We take on a great deal of cases for public sector data breaches because of the severity of the impact they can have as well as the frequency of them occurring.

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August 07, 2018

Council tax data breach advice

A council tax data breach can have devastating consequences for the victims involved, especially given that councils hold a lot of personal and sensitive data about us.

Incidents of a council tax data breach are not unheard of and a wealth of information – from people’s personal details to salary information – can be exposed. Council data breaches alone can be quite common given they fall within the umbrella of the public sector, where data breaches can be common.

Although it’s never nice to be the victim of a data breach, victims of a council tax data breach are entitled to claim for data breach compensation.

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