Month: September 2021

Public Health England data breach risks

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The healthcare sector is widely viewed as a prime target for cybercriminals, who seek to take advantage of organisations that hold a wide array of sensitive information. While hospitals are often seen as hotspots of data theft and misuse, peripheral healthcare organisations are not always considered in the data breach threat. In view of this, the risk of a Public Health England data breach is something that should always be considered.

Public Health England has wide-reaching responsibilities relating to the improvement of the general health of our population, and the provision of services for health and social care. In fact, according to its own website, one of Public Health England’s key purposes involves “researching, collecting and analysing data to improve our understanding of public health challenges, and come up with answers to public health problems”. To fulfil this goal, Public Health England must handle large quantities of potentially sensitive information.

Organisations like Public Health England also have important data protection responsibilities, with the obligation to ensure that the information in its possession is stored and processed securely. When a data controller fails to meet this responsibility, this is where real people can be harmed, and that is where we can step in.

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Cyberattack compensation for travel data breach victims

British Airways

Holding vast amounts of sensitive personal data, travel companies are often prime targets for cybercriminals, for whom their databases can represent valuable assets. In the past few years, we have seen a number of huge cyberattacks hit the travel sector, affecting millions of customers. Anyone affected could be eligible to claim cyberattack compensation for travel data exposure.

In fact, it is important to remember that the blame for the harm caused by a cyberattack does not fall solely on the hackers, as the data controller can be responsible if it emerges that their systems were not properly protected. As such, they can be liable to issue compensation pay-outs to the victims.

As specialists in data breach claims, we have taken on a number of major travel companies to hold them to account for data breaches, including British Airways, easyJet and Marriott. We know what it takes to pursue justice in cases like these, so contact us today if you would like expert advice on your eligibility to claim compensation.

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Data breach group action claims

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From an outside perspective, litigation can seem like a complex and confusing process, and we know that many of our clients are not so familiar with group actions until they join one. A group action is simply a form of legal action in which claims of a similar nature can be handled together. Due to the wide-reaching nature of some cybersecurity incidents, data breach group action claims are increasing in number in the UK.

As specialist Data Breach Lawyers, we pride ourselves on making the process of claiming as straightforward and stress-free as possible for our clients. Joining a group action may seem like a daunting prospect, given the potentially huge scale of the litigation, but we are here to guide you through each step of the process.

You can contact our team today to receive free, no-obligation advice on your potential claim, and we offer No Win, No Fee representation for our clients.

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Cyberattack on ForHousing and Liberty results in data theft

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A recent ransomware attack on ForHousing and Liberty has led to the alleged theft of private data after hackers are understood to have managed to gain unauthorised access to the systems of ForViva, the social housing group to which the two companies belong. The executive of the group has reportedly stated that only a small volume of data may have been compromised, but the incident nevertheless has the potential to cause damage to data privacy.

Social housing groups like ForViva are usually required to hold a range of personal information to support their operations, both relating to their staff and, of course, to their residents. As such, they have important data protection responsibilities and must be relied upon to keep the information they store and process secure. Even in the case of cyberattacks, all data controllers retain a degree of responsibility, as they are expected to defend against such external threats as far as they possibly can.

As leading specialist Data Breach Lawyers, we are here to ensure data controllers are held to their legal duties that they are bound to when it comes to data protection law. Making data breach claims is a key route to achieving justice. If the security of your information has been compromised by the actions or negligence of a third party, you could be eligible to claim compensation on a No Win, No Fee basis now.

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