Another year of data breaches goes by…

year of data breaches

As we close out 2020, we mark the fact that it has been another year of data breaches where we have taken forward a large number of new cases and launched new group actions.

It seems that the trend of increasing data breaches is not going to relent anytime soon as our client numbers continue to grow at an exponential pace. We are fighting for justice for thousands of people on a No Win, No Fee basis, and we are seeing many more new clients signing up for our services.

Until there are real improvements in data protection across the UK, we will have to continue to support those who need our help. Victims of a data breach deserve some kind of justice for what they have to suffer from, and that is what we are here to do.

2020: another year of data breaches

It has been yet another year of data breaches, from another Marriott cyberattack to the massive easyJet cyberattack that was discovered in May. We have seen the huge Virgin Media data leak break in March, and many, many more council, hospital, and employment claims come through our doors as well.

Despite the stricter rules that came with the GDPR, it seems like we are not seeing the new legislation act as the deterrent that it ought to. The COVID-19 pandemic has not helped and has served to lead to an increase in data breaches, which is another thing that we all must take care of in these trying times.

How we support data breach victims with compensation claims

After yet another year of data breaches, we have supported many more people in the best way that we can – by representing them for a claim for compensation as a victim of a data breach.

Victims of a data breach, leak, or a cyberattack can be eligible to claim compensation for any distress caused by the loss of control of their personal information. You can also claim for any losses and expenses incurred, but you do not have to have suffered any actual loss or expense to claim, and you can claim for just the distress element alone.

Where we consider that there has been a breach of the GDPR or the preceding Data protection Act 1998, that is when you may be able to succeed with a case for compensation.

No Win, No Fee legal representation

For eligible clients, we can offer No Win, No Fee legal representation. In what has been yet another year of data breaches, we have offered many more new agreements for new clients as we continue to help thousands of people pursue the damages that they deserve.

In short, our No Win, No Fee agreements mean that, subject to the agreed terms and conditions, we can write off our legal fees if the case does not succeed. The most common reason for this would be where the opponent has a legitimate defence to the case that we cannot overcome. If they, for example, proved that they had not breached the law, there may be no claim to make.

You can read more about our No Win, No Fee legal representation here.

IMPORTANT: advice on this page is intended to be up-to-date for the 'first published date'.

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