Confidential document disposal is a matter that all organisations – both public and private – must take seriously to avoid a data breach incident. But we know things don’t always get done properly as they ought to, and that’s where we come in.
Important data protection laws – including GDPR that came into force this time last year – encompass the handling, and therefore destruction, of data. Confidential documents must not be binned with other general waste because it may lead to a significant data breach. Confidential waste should always be disposed of in a way that ensures information will not be leaked.
If you’re the victim of a data breach that’s caused by a confidential document disposal failure, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
When can you claim for a confidential document disposal problem?
You may be able to make a claim for data breach compensation that arises from a confidential document disposal failure or problem. If confidential information about you is disposed of with general waste and is found, you may have a case. Another way you could claim is if information isn’t disposed of at all when it should have been.
These kinds of cases can be incredibly varied, and data breach compensation amounts that a victim can be substantial. Damages can often depend things such as:
- The nature of the information that has been leaked;
- How much information has been leaked;
- Who the information has been leaked to.
Medical data breach leaks
Medical data breach compensation cases be some of the worst in terms of the impact for the victim. That’s why confidential document disposal in the healthcare sector is incredibly important.
Whether it’s medical records, forms from doctors, prescription information, or letters, any victim of a medical data leak that’s caused by a failure to properly destroy documentation may have a case.
Some of the most severe individual cases and group action / multi-party cases we’re involved in are medical data compensation claims.
The impact for the victim can be life-changing.
Council data breach caused by confidential document disposal issues
A confidential document disposal problem that stems from a council wouldn’t come as a surprise to us. There have been a number of stories in the press over the years about confidential information leaked form the council that stems from a failure to securely destroy documentation.
You have to remember that councils hold data for potentially hundreds of thousands of people. It can be personal information, medical data, and sensitive information related to adoption services or metal health services. Council data breach compensation claims are often severe, and a huge proportion of the individual cases we represent people for involve local government services.
Help for victims in England and Wales
We may be able to represent you on a No Win, No Fee basis if you’re a resident of England or Wales and you want to make a claim for data breach compensation.
You have rights if your confidential information is leaked, and we can offer you free, no-obligation advice, so please don’t hesitate to contact us for help.
IMPORTANT: advice on this page is intended to be up-to-date for the 'first published date'.
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First published by Matthew on May 21, 2019
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