Category: Council Data Breaches
The recent Birmingham City Council data breach has caused the exposure of private residents’ information, allegedly including details relating to vulnerable children (although this has reportedly been disputed).
As is the case in many council data breaches, the incident appears to have occurred as a result of human error, when staff mistakenly uploaded private information to a public access website. According to the council, the data was swiftly taken down, but the time for which it was uploaded may have been long enough to make the information accessible to unauthorised third parties.
In cases such as this, it may appear that little harm has been done, but all data breach incidents can be capable of causing significant distress for the victims. We trust local authorities like Birmingham City Council to safeguard our data. When they fail in this duty, they can be liable to compensate the victims for the harm caused.
As a firm of data breach claims solicitors, we are steadfast in our determination to help data breach victims to achieve justice for the untold distress and loss they have suffered. The Data Breach Lawyers is often at the forefront of new, evolving areas of data protection law, aiming to make sure no one who has their legal rights breached is left behind.
Developing our expertise over a number of years, our knowledge of this niche area of law is what allows us to be such staunch defenders of our clients’ legal rights. Unfortunately, many businesses and organisations continue to fail to protect personal data, but we know how to apply our skills and experience to make sure that they are held to account.
From the 56 Dean Street Clinic breach, to the huge group action against British Airways, our data breach experience spans several years. Read on to find out more about our ground-breaking work in this area of law.
Our information is being increasingly shared for commercial purposes to businesses who use it to provide us with goods and services. However, local government bodies also process and store huge amounts of our personal data. Their need to monitor and manage the local community means that councils often require access to highly sensitive information. In the event of a local authority data leak, the consequences can be severe.
The important duties that they owe to residents do not appear to prevent local authorities from breaching data protection regulations. It is not acceptable that branches of government should neglect the law of the central government they are linked to, particularly in cases where their residents are exposed to significant data security risks.
We have represented clients in many local authority data leaks compensation claims. Anyone affected by a data breach such as this can contact us for free, no-obligation advice about No Win, No Fee representation.
Although we may imagine many data breaches to occur as a result of external threats from hackers and cybercriminals, unfortunately, many arise within the affected organisations themselves. In fact, the mistakes of employees often account for failures in data protection, and human error council data breaches feature significantly among these accidental events.
The automation and regularity provided by computer systems and databases should allow little room for error in this day and age. Unfortunately, outdated operations and procedures that many companies still employ means that some mistakes slip through. The ignorance of what constitutes as good data protection practices can worsen the issues further.
If you have been a victim of negligence regarding data protection, you may be entitled to claim compensation for the damage that has been caused. Human error is not a viable excuse for data protection failures, so organisations must be held accountable for the broader data protection problems which these errors indicate.
Victims of a council data leak whose personal information has been misused or exposed can be entitled to claim compensation, and we can offer No Win, No Fee representation.
There are many scenarios where you could be entitled to receive compensation, and we can take into account a number of factors when we assess what you could be owed. The GDPR gives victims the right to receive compensation, and we can represent victims to make sure that justice is served.
Our team is always happy to offer free and no-obligation claims assessments as well.
Council data breach claims are one of the most common types of individual compensation cases that we take forward for people on a No Win, No Fee basis.
We represent thousands of clients for cases, and many involve some local authorities in some way. They often hold a great deal of information, and a lot of it can be incredibly personal and sensitive. As such, the impact of a council data breach can be substantial, and this is accounted for in a case.
Damages claims can be in the thousands of pounds for just the distress that a victim can suffer from the misuse of their private information. Here’s some advice about when you could claim, what you could claim for, and some guidance about how our No Win, No Fee representation works.
The GDPR can apply for council data breaches that have taken place after the new laws came into force in May 2018, and we represent clients for cases on a No Win, No Fee basis.
These kinds of cases are one of the most common types of claims that we deal with when it comes to individual legal cases. The impact for the victim given the nature of the information that local authorities can hold can be substantial, so it’s important that victims have a voice for justice.
Here’s some guidance about when you may be able to claim, how the GDPR can allow you to receive compensation, and speaking to our team for information about our No Win, No Fee representation.
If you have suffered as a victim of a local council data breach, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation with our team on a No Win, No Fee basis.
The law is on your side and it’s there to be used if you’re ever the victim of an incident where personal information has been exposed or misused. We represent thousands of people for data breach cases and many involve local authorities, so you are not alone, and you have a voice for justice.
Here’s a little guidance in terms of when you may be able to bring a legal case and what you could be eligible to claim for.
Council data breach compensation claims are some of the most common legal cases that we take forward, and the impact on the victims can be substantial.
Councils and local authority agencies often hold a great deal of information about thousands and thousands of people. This can include financial and employment data for council tax matters, and even medical data for benefits or social services matters. It can be the full range of data, which means that the impact on a victim can be substantial.
We can offer No Win, No Fee representation for compensation claims arising from councils and local authority agencies like social services.
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.
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.
The recent prosecution over the Nuneaton and Bedworth Council data breach incident shows just how much power employees can have, and the damage that it can do.
Although access to data for many is essential, this incident showed how data can be blatantly misused for personal gain. If you haven’t heard about this one, you may be shocked to learn what happened.
In short, a former council employee accessed data and shared it with his partner who had applied for a job at the local authority. She was awarded the position, although the contract has since been terminated. The employee has also resigned and been ordered to pay costs and fees of over £1,400.00.