Waltham Forest Council data breach stemmed from printing error

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A recent Waltham Forest Council data breach incident was reportedly caused by a simple “printing error”, which is a cause for alarm.

It’s understood that some P60 forms sent out to pensioners accidentally included the personal information for other people on the reverse side of their form. The number of people who may have been affected in the batch that went wrong could be more than 3,000.

A lot of the claims for compensation that we take forward stem from simple errors that can inadvertently lead to a catastrophic breach of data protection laws. With councils and local authority agencies storing and processing a huge amount of data for people – data that can be incredibly personal and sensitive – this kind of breach is worrying.

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Nurse caught snooping on medical records receives suspension

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A 12-month suspension has been handed to a senior nurse caught snooping on medical records during the course of her employment with University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust.

It’s understood that a total of 13 charges were brought against Carol Ann Rodda who was found to have been improperly accessing records over a period of nine months. The data she accessed included that of family members and colleagues.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has had to deal with a number of cases where healthcare staff have been caught snooping on medical records. It can be a common problem, and it’s one where the victims can be entitled to make a claim for data breach compensation.

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TalkTalk fraudsters legal assistance

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If you’ve fallen victim to so-called TalkTalk fraudsters as a result of your information being exposed in the 2015 data breach, we can help you.

Some of the people who have asked us for help who were affected by the TalkTalk data breach have been targeted by fraudsters. Criminals have contacted people posing as TalkTalk, and they’ve been able to convince some people that they’re the real deal. They’ve achieved this because they’ve been able to provide personal data for the victims, including TalkTalk account information, and even details about legitimate complaints that have been made.

We can only assume that the criminals have got hold of this information because of the 2015 breach. That’s why anyone who has been targeted by fraudsters may be able to join the compensation action we’ve been running for the last few years.

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University data breach claim advice

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If you need to make a university data breach claim, we may be able to represent you for a compensation case on a No Win, No Fee basis.

Universities can be targets for cybercriminals, and that includes foreign hackers who are trying to steal intelligence. They often hold a wealth of personal and sensitive information about thousands of people, so any information misuse or exposure can be incredibly damaging.

The good news is that we may be able to help you with a claim if the university has failed to protect your data and your rights to privacy. Read More “University data breach claim advice”

Update in the TalkTalk data breach action

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There has been a key update in the TalkTalk data breach scandal from 2015, as the information for thousands more victims affected in the scandal has been found online.

An additional 4,545 customers are understood to have been affected after their information was discovered online. This is in addition to the over 155,000 that were found to have been affected years ago.

We’re representing a group of victims who are claiming data breach compensation having been affected by the original incident. If you’ve yet to claim, or if you’re one of the thousands of additional victims who have been affected, we may be able to help you.

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Claim compensation for a local authority data breach

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You can be eligible to make a claim for compensation if you’ve been the victim of a local authority data breach incident.

Whether it’s the council themselves, an outsourced agency, or perhaps a body like social services or a school who are under the control of your local authority, you may be able to bring a case. These types of claims re incredibly common and the impact for the victim can be severe. After all, local authorities hold personal, medical, financial and sometimes incredibly sensitive data about tens of thousands of people in some areas.

We can offer No Win, No Fee arrangements for victims of a local authority breach as well.

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About GDPR and compensation claims

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In many ways, GDPR and compensation claims are linked. However, when it comes to reporting and fines, the issue of compensation is usually a separate matter entirely.

When it comes to making a claim for data breach compensation, we can use GDPR as the legal basis for the claim. We can  allege breaches of the GDPR that means you are entitled to receive damages as a victim of an incident.

However, the investigations, reporting and fines is usually separate to a private compensation claim you can make with us. An organisation that receives a fine or is reported for a breach doesn’t automatically open the door to compensation for you. What you need is a No Win, No Fee Data Breach Lawyer to pursue a legal case for you, and that’s where we come in.

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Healthcare staff data breach incidents on the rise

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Healthcare staff data breach incidents appear to be on the rise following one recent study indicating that more than half of incidents stem from the actions of staff themselves.

The results of this particular research come as no surprise to us. Many of the data breach compensation claims we take forward involve the healthcare sector. On top of that, many of those cases have been caused because of the actions of staff themselves.

From leaks to snooping, and hacks to a lack of security when it comes to remote working, employees can be the weakest link. And to use the sentiment of an old adage: organisations really are only as strong as their weakest link.

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Still time to start your we-vibe data breach compensation claim

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There’s still time to start your we-vibe data breach compensation claim and be a part of the legal action we’ve been running since news of the scandal hit the headlines.

We’re representing a large group of victims on a No Win, No Fee basis. Claims are live and being pursued in the UK, and we’re still taking cases forward now (just last week we added more Claimants to our growing list).

Although you’re still in time to join the action, we strongly recommend that you initiate your legal case as soon as you can. We’ve been fighting for justice since 2017, so we’re more than two years on from taking cases forward. Deadlines are looming, and we don’t want you to miss out on your chance to claim.

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Bounty data breach compensation advice

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We have taken No Win, No Fee claims for compensation forward for victims of the Bounty data breach after the ICO issued a significant fine of £400,000.00.

The fine from the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) was issued in accordance with the previous rules before GDPR came into force in May 2018. Victims of the incident may be entitled to make a claim for data breach compensation, and we have already been contacted for help.

Our lawyers are fighting for justice in dozens of different data breach actions. This is on top of the individual cases we help people with as well. If you need advice, we can help you on a free and no-obligation basis.

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We’re taking cases forward for the PFEW cyber attacks

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We’ve been contacted for help after news of the PFEW cyber attacks hit the headlines. We’ve taken cases forward on a No Win, No Fee basis.

This latest action is one of the dozens different data breach group actions and multi-party actions we’re fighting for justice in. That’s on top of the thousands who have come to us for help for individual cases having been at the forefront of data breach compensation action since 2015.

Unlike some law firms, we don’t just register information and wait a while until we can determine if there’s a claim to make. We take action right away, and we offer our clients No Win, No Fee representation as we fight for justice for data breach victims.

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Police Federation of England and Wales data breach help

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We’ve taken cases on with our No Win, No Fee policy for victims of the recent Police Federation of England and Wales data breach incidents.

The cyber attacks that hit the PFEW took place in March 2019; the first on 9th, and the second on the 21st. Neither were thought to have been specifically targeting PFEW and are understood to have been part of a wider malware incident.

PFEW has confirmed that they’re unable to rule out that information has been exposed. As they’re unable to rule it out, we can take claims for data breach compensation forward for anyone suffering distress as a result of the incident. There could be as many as 120,000 police employees that have been hit by the breaches.

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