As the higher education sector becomes more and more digitalised, it’s a good time to remind people of their rights when it comes to a university data leak.
As a leading firm of data protection compensation and consumer action lawyers, we represent thousands of clients for cases. This includes for both individual claims and for large group and multi-party actions. We have represented clients for both singular and group cases for university data breaches, so we know the law and we have the experience a victim requires to fight for their rights to justice.
Here’s how we can help.
Compensation for a university data leak
A data leak can happen in so many ways, and the impact for the victim can be substantial. When you consider the fact that universities often hold incredibly personal and sensitive data for thousands of students and employees, it’s clear to see that the risks are real.
Scenarios where you may be eligible to claim data leak compensation can include:
- Information leaked by email, post, or by another form of communication. This could be due to data being sent to the wrong recipient(s), or other people’s information attached to email or postal correspondence in error;
- Data left unsecured and accessible, or easily exposed due to poor security;
- Information published without consent, whether accidentally or when only some information was supposed to be published but more was instead.
The impact of this kind of data leak can be substantial. Universities and higher education organisations will often hold what we can refer to as the “full range” of information for people, and it can be for thousands upon thousands of individuals.
For example, for one person, they may hold:
- General contact and personal data;
- Medical and health information that may be needed for meeting your needs or for mitigating circumstances requirements;
- Social and domestic data for the same reason as above;
- Financial details including payment card details used for fees.
In the wrong hands, this information could cause substantial damage to the victim. Even when it has been generally misused or exposed, some data is exactly the kind that we do not want other people to know about.
Free, no-obligation advice and what you claim for
Our team is more than happy to offer you free and no-obligation advice today about your options for claiming compensation as a victim of a data leak. If we can take the legal case forward, we may also be able to represent you on a No Win, No Fee basis as well.
To speak to the team, please head over to the Contact Page here now.
In terms of what you can claim for when you fall victim to a university data leak, you could be entitled to damages for:
- The distress suffered because of the loss of control of your personal information. Generally speaking, the more data that’s leaked, and the more sensitive and personal it is, the more a claim could be worth. Data leak compensation amounts can also be based on the impact for you personally, which can vary for different people;
- Any losses and expenses incurred. This could be money stolen arising from theft or fraud, or expenses for issues the leak causes. Importantly, you don’t have to have suffered an actual financial loss to be able to claim as you can pursue damages for the distress element alone.
We are The Data Leak Lawyers
We are The Data Leak Lawyers: a specialist firm of data protection and consumer action lawyers operating in England and Wales. We may be able to offer our specialist representation to you for a university data leak right now on a No Win, No Fee basis.
We’re here to help – the team is normally operating between 9am and 10pm on most weekdays and 9am to 5pm on most weekends.
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First published by Matthew on July 09, 2020
Posted in the following categories: Claims Cybersecurity Group Action Security University Data Breaches and tagged with compensation | cybersecurity | data breach | data controllers | data leak | database security | personal data | university data breach