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In the wake of a data breach, it can be difficult to know what to do to protect yourself and take action in light of the harm you may have been caused. As leading specialists in data breach claims, Your Lawyers – The Data Leak Lawyers – can advise you of your legal rights in the event that your data is compromised or exposed.
A breach of data protection law can be any incident in which a third-party data controller fails to protect private information in a way that breaches their legal obligations. In accordance with the GDPR, all businesses and organisations are required to use appropriate organisational and technical measures to keep personal information secure, and failing to do so can leave a third party liable for any harm caused to their data subjects.
Data breach claims still represent a developing area of compensation law, but Your Lawyers has been representing clients for data privacy matters since 2014. Some firms have only just begun branching out into data breach claims, but we have developed the expertise to bring our claimants the compensation they deserve.
Many people may be unsure about what their justifications could be for bringing a data breach claim. In fact, your legal rights in accordance with the GDPR mean that you could be entitled to bring a claim for a number of reasons.
First of all, the emotional or psychological impact of a data breach can be severe, as it can be very worrying to learn that your personal information has been exposed, and that it could potentially become vulnerable to misuse. Victims can, therefore, be entitled to pursue distress claims to ensure they are compensated for any adverse psychological symptoms caused by the incident.
In addition, some data breaches come with a security risk which can lead to victims being targeted with scams and fraud. Those who lose money as a direct result of a data breach could be eligible to recover this lost money back using the Special Damages category of your claim.
Your legal rights could also entitle you to recover compensation for your involvement in the data breach alone, as the loss of control of your personal data alone can be serious.
The compensation amount you recover will usually depend upon how severely the breach affected you. For example, if the emotional impact you suffered amounted to a recognised psychological injury, your compensation pay-out could potentially exceed £15,000.
Although compensation will always vary from claimant to claimant, our average pay-out for data breach claims is just over £6,000. We have, to date, recovered over £1m in damages alone for mostly individual clients.
If you have been affected by a data breach, speak to us for free, no-obligation advice on your legal rights. At Your Lawyers – The Data Leak Lawyers – we have been spearheading data breach claims for thousands of clients over many years, so we have the experience to help win you the compensation you deserve.
We are also involved in some of the biggest data breach group actions in England and Wales. If you were a victim of the Virgin Media data breach, the British Airways breach, or the Equifax breach (UK), check your eligibility for a claim with us today.
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