Month: June 2019

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

data breaches

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”