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Criminals do with personal data what we often fear the most, from identity theft to financial fraud. In an increasingly digital world, data breaches have become alarmingly common, and the consequences can be severe.
If you have been a victim of a data breach, it is crucial to know your rights and how to seek compensation for the harm caused. The team here at The Data Leak Lawyers is here to assist you in understanding your options and helping you through the process.
In this article, we will explore what criminals do with personal data, focusing also on the dangers of social services data breaches.
Data breaches that lead to criminals impersonating real companies are one of the major risks that can occur when personal information has been exposed in a cyberattack.
Your Lawyers, as Leading Data Leak Lawyers, are used to helping people and representing individuals who have been targeted in this kind of way. It can be incredibly distressing to be targeted, even if you do not fall for any scams. The distress is something we can account for in a claim for GDPR compensation.
It is too late to treat data protection with the seriousness that is required after a cyberattack has taken place, and information has already been exposed.
Despite the obviousness of this, and the stringent GDPR legislation in place, too many organisations are still failing to take action to stop a cyberattack rather than taking action after it has happened. The result is that many people can suffer when they lose control over their personal information which ends up in the hands of criminals.
The Surveillance Camera Commissioner, Tony Porter, has recently spoken of his concerns regarding the technology used by local councils and the police to monitor public movements.
As the government watchdog designed to ensure government compliance with the surveillance camera code of practice, it is worrying that the commissioner believes the restrictions on local authorities may not be sufficient.
In particular, Mr Porter reportedly warned that the use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras is unregulated by central government, likening their usage to MI5 tracking. In fact, the security services are subject to much tighter restrictions, while the level of surveillance led by councils and the police appears to be going under the radar.
At Your Lawyers – The Data Leak Lawyers – we always advocate for personal privacy, so it is worrying that the government may be unnecessarily storing data and information pertaining to members of the public.
A big problem surrounding medical data breaches, and one of the most concerning, is when a member of staff breaches confidentiality by accessing patient records without clinical justification.
We entrust medical employees and NHS staff to safeguard our personal medical data and only access it as part of our treatment or care. That is why it is so concerning when a member of staff is accessing patient records with no medical reasoning or no proper authority to do so.
It is sometimes hard to know what exactly they are using the data for, potentially putting individuals at risk by exposing sensitive data. In many cases, the perpetrators know the victims, which can make the distress for the victims even worse.
Victims of a data breach that involves police computer misuse can be entitled to claim data breach compensation, and we may be able to offer No Win, No Fee representation.
No one is above the law, and you have rights. With our expertise and specialism in the niche and complex area of law, you don’t need to worry about going up against the authorities for a legal case. We may be able to represent you and we will fight for your rights to justice if your privacy has been abused.
As a leading firm of data breach specialists, we are your voice for justice. Here’s how we may be able to help you.
Serious concerns have been raised over security issues that could lead to smart toy data breaches and children being at risk of contact from strangers or exposure to explicit content.
Consumer group Which? has reportedly identified serious security flaws in a number of smart toys that could lead them to being hacked or interfered with. They’re now calling on big name retailers like Amazon, Argos, John Lewis and Smyths to withdraw some “intelligent” and “connected” toys for sale this Christmas. They’re also calling on the government to introduce mandatory security standards for smart toy manufacturers.
We’ve talked in the past about the dangers of smart toys and the “Internet of Things” as greater connectivity opens more doorways for cybercriminals. In the run up to the festive season, the consumer group’s findings are set to cause justifiable concern.
A seriously concerning security flaw has been discovered which has reportedly allowed hackers to covertly put so-called monitoring implants in iPhones.
The vulnerability is said to have been discovered in January 2019, with Apple releasing a security patch in February 2019. It’s understood that Google’s external ‘white hat’ security team, known as Project Zero, are responsible for identifying the flaw.
There may be thousands upon thousands of people whose phones have been compromised in a way that could allow hackers to have had access to a disturbing wealth of information.
The act of unlawfully accessing personal data can land the offender in a lot of trouble, and it can pave the way for the victims to make a claim for data breach compensation.
Your rights are enshrined in law, and if your rights to information privacy are ever breached, you can be entitled to take legal action. In today’s digital age where information access and sharing are achievable at the click of a button, there’s a wealth of data for millions of people that can be accessed by many individuals.
But people can only access and process information where they’re authorised to do so and have a legitimate reason to do so. Any access of personal data that isn’t done so in accordance with important data legislation can be unlawful. We can represent victims who wish to take a case forward on a No Win, No Fee basis.
A senior nurse caught snooping on medical records has reportedly been suspended in yet another case of an NHS employee abusing their rights of information access.
Carol Anne Rodda, in her capacity working for University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust data breach, has reportedly been suspended for 12 months for a number of breaches. A number of the medical records data breach compensation claims we take forward involve healthcare employees improperly accessing information, so we know how bad these kinds of incidents can be.
There have been a number of occasions where the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has been forced to take action against staff for snooping. The ICO has also had to issue warnings because of so many instances of it happening.
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