Category: Council Data Breaches

Local government cyberattacks: compensation advice

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Anyone affected by local government cyberattacks could be eligible to pursue a claim for data breach compensation now on a No Win, No Fee basis.

Given that local authorities and the agencies they outsource work to store and process a wealth of personal and sensitive information, any hack that leads to the exposure of data can be significant. They can affect a lot of people and cause a severe impact given the nature of what can be misused or exposed.

We can help. For eligible clients, we can pursue a legal case for compensation, and you could be owed thousands of pounds in damages by pursuing a claim now.

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Lichfield District Council – one example of poor data security

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A previous meeting at Lichfield District Council told of the reportedly poor attitude toward data protection at the council, which was apparently described by one councillor as “verging on negligent”. We do hope that these issues have now been resolved, as the security issues could put the council in breach of the GDPR.

Every organisation and individual is required by law to handle information with caution and with respect for the right to data privacy, so any failures in this duty could be subject to enforcement and punishment. In addition, many victims affected by data breaches may have a right to claim compensation from those who failed to protect the personal data that they are responsible for. We support victims to assert their rights when it comes to data protection, so contact us for advice if you think your rights have been breached. We may be able to help you on a No Win, No Fee basis.

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Social services breaches – compensation advice

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Run by local councils, social services provide care and other assistance to many residents in various different forms: from carers for the elderly, to adoption support for children in care. With such an important responsibility to their community, it is vital that social workers provide a high standard of care and support to all the residents they come into contact with. As part of the maintenance of this standard, social services breaches must be prevented.

Social services have a duty, as all data controllers do, to maintain the protection of personal data and, where necessary, to maintain strict confidentiality. However, councils have been known to fail to meet the appropriate data protection standards. It was estimated in a recent report that as many as 700 council data breaches were reported in 2020 alone.

As specialists in data protection law, we have represented clients affected by data breaches caused by local councils and by social services. It is vital that data controllers are held accountable when they fail to observe their duties, and we use our expertise in this area of law to help clients make compensation claims.

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Online council data leak compensation claims

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Councils hold extensive private information about their residents, all of which they have a duty to protect against unauthorised access and data leaks. Unfortunately, there are local authorities that fail to observe their data protection duties and, in some cases, this can lead to an online council data leak.

Unfortunately, recent reports on the hundreds of data breaches suffered by local authorities in the past year or so suggests that they remain under-resourced when it comes to cybersecurity, a deficiency that may be contributing to the high numbers of council data breaches taking place. However, there have also been a number of human error incidents at local councils in which the errors of employees have caused data to be leaked online.

When the negligence of a third-party data controller causes information to be leaked or compromised, those affected may have a right to claim compensation for a data protection breach. Local councils have a responsibility to their residents and should, therefore, be held accountable when they put data security at risk.

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Birmingham City Council data breach

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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.

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Data Breach Claims Solicitors

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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.

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Local authority data leak – compensation claims advice

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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.

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Human error council data breaches

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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.

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Council data leak compensation claims

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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.

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Council data breach claims for compensation

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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.

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Council data breaches and the GDPR

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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.

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Local council data breach compensation advice

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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.

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