If you’ve suffered as a victim of a university data breach, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation with our expert team of lawyers.
We can represent victims of single incident data breaches and groups who have been affected by an incident. One of the over 25 different data breach group / multi-party actions we’re fighting for justice in is the University of Greenwich data breach incident.
We can also offer No Win, No Fee representation for people who claim with us. With universities often holding a lot of personal and sensitive data about people, it’s important to know your rights when your information has been misused or exposed.
Can you claim compensation for a university data breach?
Victims can be entitled to make a claim for compensation that stems from a university data breach. Educational organisations and institutions have the same duty as anyone else to look after the information they process and store. If they fall short of what we expect from them, victims can be entitled to take legal action.
You have to remember that universities hold – for some people – the ‘full set’ when it comes to the kinds of information that could be exposed. This means:
- Your personal information;
- Your financial information for the payment of fees or accommodation etc.;
- Your medical data when they’re required to know certain things to help manage your time there;
- Sensitive information that you may have provided when you’re in need of support.
This can easily include payment card data and information about your medical history or family problems. If exposed, the damage could be severe.
Are university data breach incidents common?
It’s safe to say that there’s always a risk of a university data breach taking place, and a lot of that can come down to cyberattacks.
Previous studies have suggested that a quarter of universities in the UK believe that their research programmes may have been infiltrated. Universities and academic institutions can be a target for cybercriminals, including foreign threat actors who are looking to gain intelligence.
With this in mind, even where your information isn’t being specifically targeted, it can still be at risk of exposure.
What can you claim for?
Given the wealth of personal and sensitive information they may hold about you, a university data breach incident can be devastating.
Data breach compensation amounts are often based on the nature and volume of the information that has been exposed. In theory, the value of such a case for the distress alone can be high, and you don’t have to suffered a financial loss to be able to claim.
For free, no-obligation advice, make sure to contact our team.
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First published by Matthew on June 12, 2019
Posted in the following categories: Claims Data University Data Breaches and tagged with compensation | data breach | data controllers | university data breach