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.
Fines for GDPR and compensation claims: the difference
An organisation being issued a fine for GDPR and compensation claims for damages are usually two separate things.
The ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) will normally investigate a breach and then issue a fine as a punishment and a deterrent for a breach taking place. But that money is separate to you then instructing us to pursue a claim for data breach compensation, which allows you, as the victim, to also receive something for what has happened.
You don’t have to wait for an ICO investigation to resolve before making a case. If we think there’s a claim to make, we can normally help you right away.
Does the new legislation help?
In some ways, the new legislation has helped when it comes to making a claim for compensation. We now use GDPR as the legal basis as to why you can be entitled to compensation, and the changes have put a far greater responsibility on data processes and handlers.
On the whole, much appears to have been done by organisations in the lead up to the changes that came into effect this time last year, and we’re all about better data protection as well as compensation for victims. GDPR and compensation claims is the way forward to ensuring there is better regulation and an avenue available for victims to seek the justice that they deserve.
No Win, No Fee help
In terms of using GDPR and compensation claims arising from breaches of the new data laws, we can help victims bring a legal case on a No Win, No Fee basis.
What we look for when it comes to whether you have a claim is:
- Has there been a breach of the law that has led to your personal information being leaked, hacked or misused?;
- How has the breach affected you?
In some cases, like medical data breach claims, the impact on the victim can be substantial. It’s those types of cases where victims can be entitled to receive tens of thousands of pounds in compensation, and by instructing us to help you, we can access the damages that you may be owed.
IMPORTANT: advice on this page is intended to be up-to-date for the 'first published date'.
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