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The Twitch earnings data leak has reportedly led to a wealth of personal information about streamers being exposed and being circulated online.
It is not yet fully clear as to exactly how the information has been exposed. There are reports that hackers have claimed responsibility, and the Amazon-owned platform has reported a “server configuration” problem.
As leading data breach compensation lawyers, what we do know for sure is that the personal information for a lot of people has been exposed. What this means is that they could be entitled to claim data breach compensation with No Win, No Fee legal representation.
What we know so far about the Twitch earnings data leak is that lists of pay-out information for streamers has been exposed online. The data breach had initially been reported as some form of “server configuration” issue, but it has since been reported that information may have been exposed from a cyberattack, or from hackers exploiting an issue. It is not yet fully clear.
It is understood that the data leak has resulted in lists of earnings and pay-out information for those affected to have been posted online intentionally.
One of the major issues that has been talked about in terms of the impact of this data breach is the high level of earnings some streamers are receiving. It is understood that some of the top earners are receiving millions of dollars, and the Amazon-owned platform is said to have prided itself on keeping such earnings information confidential.
Some media outlets have reported that there are lists circulating on social media that contain the pay-out information for streamers affected by the data leak. The file size has been reported as 125GB, which is significant. The exposure is also understood to have included source code, history and maintenance details as well.
We are only in the early stages of finding out more about the Twitch earnings data leak, but we understand that some UK streamers may be affected, and their information may be on the pay-out list reportedly circulating around.
If this is the case, the fact that information has been exposed in the way in which it has means that this could constitute a breach of the GDPR. It may depend on exactly what happened and how the data was able to be exposed in the first place, but if more could – and should – have been done to have prevented the leak, the law may have been breached.
It remains unconfirmed as to whether the matter has been reported to the ICO or not. We also do not yet know if Twitch has initiated the process of specifically contacting those affected to inform them that their personal information has been exposed.
If you are a streamer in England or Wales who is affected by the data breach, we want to hear from you. We may be able to represent you for a data breach compensation claim on a No Win, No Fee basis.
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The team is always happy to provide free, no-obligation advice to victims of data breaches in England and Wales. The team can be contacted here now.
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