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data breach events
June 22, 2022

Child Maintenance Service data breaches

Victims of Child Maintenance Service data breaches can be eligible to claim privacy compensation now and we can offer No Win, No Fee legal representation for anyone eligible to claim.

Your Lawyers, as leading data leak lawyers, know all too well how bad the impact can be when it comes to this kind of incident. Victims could be eligible to receive compensation for any distress caused by the loss of control of personal information, and in a case like this the impact can be substantial.

Our team offers free, no-obligation advice on a confidential basis here now.

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April 29, 2022

Home Office data protection: breaches and reviews

A recent report was published by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after the UK regulator looked into Home Office data protection matters.

These kinds of audits are key to ensuring that organisations are upholding the law and ensuring that people are protected at all times. As Leading Data Leak Lawyers, we know all too well how badly people can suffer when the law is broken, having been specialising in this niche area of law for almost a decade.

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April 05, 2022

Greater Manchester Police data concerns – ICO report

At the start of the year, the UK’s data watchdog, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), issued a report highlighting concerns in respect of Greater Manchester Police data practises.

A number of alarming findings appear to have been made, and the overall headline is that the ICO has little assurance in respect of the force being able to ensure that data protection law is complied with in some areas. Given that the police must store and process a significant wealth of very personal and sensitive information, the report makes for concerning reading.

No one is above the law, and this includes the police. Victims can be eligible to claim data breach compensation when it is the police at fault for a breach, and we can help.

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March 16, 2022

Ministry of Justice data protection issues: ICO Enforcement Action

Due to a number of Ministry of Justice data protection issues, it has been reported that the UK data regulator, the ICO, has now published Enforcement Action against the MoJ.

In a recent publication from the ICO (the Information Commissioner’s Office), it was confirmed that the Ministry of Justice was in contravention of vital data protection legislation. The reason cited was due to their failure to provide, with “undue delay”, copies of information for a staggering 7,753 data subjects.

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January 21, 2022

£17m Clearview AI fine over alleged data breaches

It has been reported that a Clearview AI fine in the sum of £17m is being considered by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) over allegations that serious data breaches have occurred.

The issue is about the collection of public images and how they have been used by the company as part of facial recognition technology that it offers. The ICO has suggested that the processing of the public information may not be as expected by data subjects, and it may be deemed as unfair. The company disputes that they have done anything wrong and has pointed out that the images they use are already available in the public domain.

This could be a substantial fine if it is issued, and the question over whether the data processing of the information in question was lawful or not could be a contentious one.

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January 11, 2022

Leading Data Lawyers concern over reported plans to sell Covid test samples

Leading Data and Privacy Law firm Your Lawyers have been concerned to learn of an investigation into plans to sell Covid test samples for medical research.

The news was broken in November 2021, and reportedly involves Cignpost Diagnostics, trading as ExpressTest, who are understood to have conducted almost three million tests. It has been suggested that there are plans by the company to analyse samples from swabs and sell data to third parties, according to inews.

The private company is an approved provider of testing, and it has been reported that the company is now being investigated by the UK’s data regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). There was understood to be a tick box as part of the purchasing process for the test that formed as part of a large privacy policy with links to a research programme. This is understood to have since been removed and appears to be the matter at the centre of the investigation.

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Virgin Media group action data breach
December 10, 2021

New Year Honours data breach: Cabinet Office fined £500,000

The Cabinet Office has been issued with a penalty in the sum of £500,000 for the 2020 New Year Honours data breach, an incident that we have resolved legal action for.

The fine has been issued by the UK’s data watchdog, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), which is intended to act as a punishment for what has happened. Such penalties can also act as a deterrent against future events.

We are pleased to see that regulatory action has now concluded. The fine is a separate matter to private legal action that victims of the data leak can be entitled to pursue. We have already resolved legal action that we have taken, having been instructed to act in the wake of the event, and this fine further cements that victims could be entitled to pursue a claim for compensation.

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November 15, 2021

Hospital data snooping – when staff access private data without consent

As patients, we trust that our data is held securely by healthcare organisations, and that medical professionals will only access and use our information when absolutely necessary. Unfortunately, hospital data snooping does occur, as some healthcare staff view patient information without authorisation or consent.

Whether intentional or unintentional, data snooping is a practice that all healthcare staff must steer clear of, particularly due to the sensitivity of medical records. It is understandably worrying for victims to learn that their information has been subjected to unauthorised access, as there could be malicious intent behind the user’s actions. When healthcare staff abuse or take advantage of their data access privileges in this way, it can constitute a breach of data protection law.

If you believe that your privacy has been violated in this way, you could be eligible to claim compensation for the harm caused. Contact us for free, no-obligation advice now if you think you may have a claim to make.

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August 16, 2021

Chorley Council data breach

A Chorley Council data breach has recently been reported after it was revealed that thousands of members of the public may have had their details exposed by the local authority. The incident appears to be yet another example of the damage that can be done to information security when employees make misjudgements.

Unfortunately, the incident at Chorley Council is only one in a long list of data breaches to have been caused by human error at local government bodies generally. Councils like Chorley should be striving to break with this trend, but there has unfortunately been little progress in terms of data protection it seems.

In the UK, all third-party data controllers are obliged to comply with the GDPR in their protection of the information that they hold and process. If they fail to do so, they can be held accountable, and those affected may have a right to make a compensation claim.

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April 27, 2021

150 competition regulator data breaches

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has recently disclosed figures for the data breaches that have affected the UK government regulator. They reportedly revealed that a total of 150 breaches have occurred over the last two years. The competition regulator data breaches are worrying given the CMA’s role in upholding the law, which requires them to handle a large amount of private information, some of which can be sensitive.

The importance of cybersecurity should now be well known to all businesses and organisations, as many can be prime targets for hackers and fraudsters searching for information to misuse. The malicious intent of cybercriminals should give organisations that sense of the importance of data protection. However, it appears that the CMA may not have been able to adopt the caution required of an organisation with such sensitive data handling responsibilities.

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