In an age of continual breaches and hacks, we know that people want to know what they can do if they become a victim of a data breach.
The important thing to know is that we’re here for you, and this is important for a number of reasons that we’ll go through now for you.
You may find that you don’t feel like the fact that you’re the victim of a breach is treated as a priority by the offending organisation. You may feel that they don’t take the incident seriously enough, and understandably, this can make people angry. But there is far more you can do and there is far more you can be entitled to in law as well.
If you’re the victim of a data breach, what happens?
If you’re the victim of a data breach, the organisation responsible for the incident will normally inform you as to what has happened. They’ll likely make their apologies and promise to thoroughly investigate what has happened. They’ll probably also promise to improve security, which suggests it may not have been a priority in the first place. They may also offer you a free monitoring package (through Experian, for example).
And that’s it.
On top of that, one recent study suggested that bosses don’t usually face the sack in the wake of a data breach. In fact, some bosses receive more money in the wake of a breach, and the initial share selling shock doesn’t always last too long.
The offending organisation may then face regularity action from the ICO (Information Commission’s Office). However, any fine issued isn’t a part of any compensation package for the victims. Other than the apology and the security-monitoring offers, that’s often it.
There’s more victims can do…
Although the standard process doesn’t usually follow-through for the victims, there’s far more that you can do.
And that’s where we come in.
If you were expecting compensation, you’ll find that it’s not something they usually willingly offer. But we do take your issues seriously, and we appreciate that you can be entitled to compensation as the victim of a data breach.
And that’s why we offer No Win, No Fee arrangements to fight for your rights when making a claim.
If your data is leaked, breached or hacked, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Data Breach compensation amounts can be far more than an apology and a 12-month free monitoring account. We can normally assess your claim in minutes and tell you if it’s something we can take forward for you on a No Win, No Fee basis. Our initial advice is available for you on a free and no-obligation basis too.
Always remember: as a victim of a data breach, there’s far more you can do. You don’t just have to accept an apology and take the monitoring account. You can be entitled to make a claim for data breach compensation because the law allows for it.
IMPORTANT: advice on this page is intended to be up-to-date for the 'first published date'.
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