British Airways GDPR fine and group action were avoidable

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The mammoth British Airways GDPR fine and the group action for compensation we’re on the Steering Committee for were totally avoidable, meaning the airline could have saved themselves a fortune.

Research from HackerOne indicated that a simple Bug Bounty that could have cost less than £10,000.00 may have identified the vulnerabilities that led to the successful 2018 cyber-attack incidents. In fact, such a bounty could also have stopped the Carphone Warehouse, Ticketmaster and TalkTalk hacks as well, it’s understood.

The fact that this was avoidable can help the prospects of succeeding with the BA Group Action, although it’s important to know the difference between the fines and the compensation for victims.

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NHS cybersecurity and the rights for data breach victims

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When we look at important topics such as NHS cybersecurity, we usually approach it from the perspective of the victims, given that we’re data breach compensation lawyers.

GDPR ensures that there’s an important duty on all organisations – including the NHS – to take steps to protect the data that they store and process. Their duties are clear, and the punishments that can be issued by the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) are also clear, and they can be substantial.

But what about the victims? What can they do when it’s their data that has been exposed or misused? What are their rights?

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British Airways data breach group action guide

With the British Airways data breach group action given the go ahead earlier this month, it’s important to know how best to approach making a claim for compensation.

Commonly, when new group actions get the go ahead, loads of law firms start marketing their services for cases. Some of these firms haven’t even been helping people since news of the cyberattacks broke last year and are coat-tailing off the back of those of us who have been at the front of the fight for justice for a long time now.

If it has all got a bit confusing, which we know it can do, read this concise guide for a few helpful pointers from a law firm appointed to the Steering Committee of the BA Group Action.

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Join the British Airways hack compensation action

You can find out if you’re eligible to join the British Airways hack compensation quickly and easily by checking your eligibility on the BA Group Action website here.

In minutes, and with just a few simple questions answered, we can normally let you know if you may have a case. Ultimately, you should have been informed if you were affected by the 2018 cyber-attacks, and if you were, you should be able to join the action.

We recommend that anyone who’s serious about claiming sign-up now to get their case started without delay in order to safeguard their place in the litigation.

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Influx of new clients sign-up to join the BA Group Action

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There has been an influx of new clients signing up to join the BA Group Action following the big hearing that took place on 4th October 2019.

News that Mr Justice Warby has given the green light for the GLO (Group Litigation Order) to proceed garnered a great deal of media attention, with Director Aman Johal giving his insight into the developments.

With news of the action getting the go ahead, a new wave of clients have started their cases via the BA Group Action website, and we’re more than happy to help them!

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BA group action court case given green light to proceed

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Mr Justice Warby has given the go ahead for the BA group action court case to proceed as our firm is appointed to the Steering Committee responsible for the conduct of proceedings.

We’re delighted that we have been appointed by the High Court to the Steering Committee, and it’s an important step toward justice for the hundreds of thousands affected with the green light for the GLO (Group Litigation Order) given.

We’ve also been successful in ensuring that the deadline to claim is not as short as the lawyers for British Airways had originally wanted.

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Am I affected by the BA data breach? Find out today

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If you’re not sure whether you were affected by the BA data breach incidents of 2018, or if you’re not sure that you can do about it, we can help.

You should have been informed if your information has been at risk of exposure because BA should have told you by now. Whether they have or haven’t, there’s a really simple way that you can find out today if you’re eligible to join the BA Group Action.

All you need to do is go to the BA Group Action site here and answer the initial questions. This doesn’t sign you up for a claim but does allow you to know if you can join the group action or not. And with an important court hearing taking place this Friday, now is the time to get your case sorted if you’ve yet to finalise it.

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Greater Manchester NHS patients compensation for improper medical records access

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If you’re one of the 2,000 or so Greater Manchester NHS patients whose medical records have been accessed inappropriately, you may be entitled to make a claim for NHS data breach compensation.

The Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust has written to patients affected by this scandal. An investigation that followed a complaint revealed that thousands of people’s medical records had been accessed by a number of NHS employees without need or authority to do so.

Across an 18-month period, some records had been subject to a single access event, whereas others had been accessed on a number of occasions. It’s yet to be confirmed which staff are responsible for the access events as well.

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British Airways class action Daily Mail feature: 17 weeks to join

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Lawyers fighting for justice in the British Airways class action have spoken to the Daily Mail about the potential for an incredibly short court cut-off date of just 17 WEEKS to join the action.

Aman Johal, Director of Your Lawyers, hailed the actions of BA’s lawyers as a “new low” and a “disgrace”. He said:

(BA) has let down hundreds of thousands of customers by losing their card payment details. Now it is failing them again by giving everyone affected just 17 weeks to claim rightful compensation for the distress caused. Never mind ‘To fly, to serve’, BA should change its tagline to ‘To fly, to swerve responsibility’. I encourage everyone affected to act quickly to ensure they don’t miss out.”

If you’ve yet to sign-up to join the BA Group Action, we recommend that you do so as soon as you possibly can to avoid missing out.

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Charing Cross Gender Identity Clinic email leak

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We’re taking compensation claims forward on a No Win, No Fee basis for victims of the Charing Cross Gender Identity Clinic email leak.

The GIC sent two separate emails to groups of around 900 individuals per email with information relating to an art competition. Unfortunately, instead of using proper mailing software, it appears that the clinic simply used the “CC” (carbon copy) function. This has resulted in recipients’ information – at least email addresses, and possibly names – being leaked to all other recipients of the email.

This isn’t the first time an email data leak of this nature has happened. We continue to fight for the rights of victims affected by the infamous 56 Dean Street Clinic leak which was a similar incident.

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Private cybersecurity firms putting the NHS at risk?

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Concerns have been raised about private cybersecurity firms putting the NHS at risk. We see NHS data breach claims all the time, so we can tell you from first-hand experience just how bad the impact can be for the victims, and that’s why this is an important subject to look at.

As the NHS continues to struggle under considerable financial constraints and budget cuts, outsourcing cybersecurity could look like an attractive option. But there has to be specialists in the NHS who understand the nature of the risks being faced, and too much outsourcing can do more harm than good.

There’s a reason that a huge proportion of the cases that we take forward involve the healthcare sector. They are a clear target for criminals, and the nature of medical data being so personal and sensitive can have a far greater impact on the victim.

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British Airways claim deadline

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The British Airways claim deadline for the 2018 data breach incidents may fall very soon, so if you’re serious about joining the BA Group Action, we’re urging victims to start their case ASAP.

Victims who claim with us could be entitled to thousands of pounds for the distress caused by the breach, and you may also be able recover and direct financial losses and expenses as well. We can help you claim on a No Win, No Fee basis as part of our ongoing commitment for access to justice.

This is one of the dozens of data breach actions that our lawyers are proudly fighting for justice in.

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