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Watford Community Housing email leak

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Just over one year has passed since the Watford Community Housing email leak, in which thousands of tenants’ personal information was exposed. The data was leaked as a result of an email sent on 23rd March 2020, to which a spreadsheet containing a list of all 3,545 tenants was accidentally attached.

Your Lawyers – The Data Leak Lawyers – as a leading firm of specialist data compensation lawyers, believe that victims of the email leak have been affected by a significant breach of their right to data protection. This is why we have been taking on compensation claims on behalf of the victims, and we now represent a large group of victims affected by the incident.

If you were also affected by the data breach, it is not too late to start your claim, so contact us to receive advice on your case. It does not matter that the breach was brought about by an accidental email error, as all data breach victims can still be entitled to access justice, regardless of the circumstances. Given the progress of our cases so far, we remain confident in achieving a successful outcome.

The Watford Community Housing email leak and its implications

On 23rd March 2020, Watford Community Housing email leak occurred when the Trust sent an email out to tenants informing them about service changes following the introduction of coronavirus lockdown restrictions. Unfortunately, the sender made the harmful error of attaching a spreadsheet detailing extensive information about the 3,545 tenants.

The exposed data, some of which was highly sensitive in nature, included:

  • full names;
  • home addresses;
  • mobile numbers;
  • email addresses;
  • details of ethnicity, religion, gender and sexual orientation.

As a result of the incident, the exposed information amounted to a substantial identity profile affected tenants, meaning that the victims could be exposed to all kinds of malicious threats. Some of these can come from cybercriminals, who could use the leaked data for phishing email scams and identity theft. However, there were also more fundamental security risks to tenants, who could be identified by way of sensitive data by over 3,000 people in their own homes.

Making your compensation claim

Those affected have a right to claim compensation for the Watford Community Housing email leak, and we are here to help.

We have already taken on many affected claimants and are representing them on a No Win, No Fee basis, on behalf of whom we have launched legal action against the housing trust.

Beyond your involvement in the data breach, compensation could be recovered for the knock-on effects that may have been produced. Some of the security problems provoked by the email leak may have caused financial losses and expenses. For example, you may have had to move house for your own safety, a process which brings considerable costs with it. The GDPR can also allow victims to claim for the distress they have suffered, which we believe may be significant in the case of the Watford Community housing email leak.

As we continue to look to settle claims, we are confident in our ability to recover compensation for our clients and those who have yet to claim should come forward immediately.

Claiming with the Data Leak Lawyers

Our lawyers have experience in data privacy claims dating back to 2014, meaning we have developed in-depth expertise in this area of law over many years. You can rely upon us to do everything we can to win you the compensation pay-out you deserve.

Simply contact us today for free, no-obligation advice on your potential data breach compensation claim.

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First published by Matthew on May 04, 2021
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