Category: Data Breach Compensation
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 does 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.
Not long into the new academic year, the Northumbria University cyberattack shook the campus IT systems in early September 2020, forcing those at the top to close the campus and postpone scheduled exams.
It remains unclear whether any long-lasting damage was caused by the attack. In our experience as data breach lawyers, we have seen large-scale attacks such as this endanger or expose significant quantities of personal information.
Northumbria is not the first university to have experienced such an attack, a fact that highlights the particular vulnerability of higher education institutions to such malicious cybercrime. In university cyberattacks, employees and students can be adversely affected by the exposure of their personal data, for which they are often able to make a compensation claim. If it emerges that Northumbria University failed to protect personal data, we may be able to help anyone affected.
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 Unfortunately, outdated operations and procedures that many companies still employ means that some mistakes slip through.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.
As criminals become increasingly adept at accessing and using private data for their own gain, data breaches are becoming increasingly risky for the victims. If criminals abuse your exposed data to commit fraud, you might be able to claim compensation for identity theft.
Identity theft is one of the most significant risks of data breaches, as criminals can use even the smallest amounts of personal data to form a picture of a person’s identity. Whether they experience the effects of identity theft or not, the exposure to such risks can be extremely distressing for data breach victims.
As a leading firm of data breach lawyers, we aim to support any victims who have been made vulnerable to this devastating crime, many of whom may be eligible to claim compensation.
In March 2020, Virgin Media announced a shocking revelation about (mainly) customer data being exposed, and the Virgin Media data group action was launched as a result.
The telecoms giant admitted that the personal information of 900,000 customers had been exposed in a large-scale incident. The leak resulted in swathes of people’s information being potentially vulnerable to significant data security risks. As a result, we were compelled into action, and the legal case for justice is in full swing.
We are taking on more and more claims all the time in our fight for justice, and we wish to alert any affected victims that you can still be entitled to join if Virgin Media has notified you of your involvement in the data breach. Please be aware that there will likely be a court-imposed cut-off data for joining the action, so we recommend that you sign up to launch your claim as soon as possible.
At the end of December 2020, it was revealed that the Transform Hospital Group had been targeted by a devastating cyberattack.
The attack, which took the form of a ransomware hack, resulted in the theft of customer data from the plastic surgery chain, and the hackers behind the attack have since been threatening to publish the information online.
The hackers are understood to have made it known that they have 900 gigabytes of ‘before and after’ pictures in their possession, which they are threatening to publish if a ransom is not paid. Understandably, many of the victims are extremely concerned that their private data can now be exposed in this way. The Data Breach Lawyers have already taken on affected clients, and we encourage further victims to come forward for advice on their potential claim.
At The Data Breach Lawyers, we often represent victims for hospital data breach claims, so we are familiar with the devastating effects of hospital data breaches on the victims.
The data held by hospitals and other healthcare organisations includes some of the most sensitive personal information we will ever disclose to a third-party organisation. It must be properly protected to ensure that it is not misused or exposed.
The toll that medical data exposure can take on a victim can be huge, causing their everyday life to be marred by the worrying knowledge that their information could be being seen or misused by people we do not want to have access to it. We believe that each and every victim has a right to claim compensation for this untold distress, and that is why we represent eligible victims for claims on a No Win, No Fee basis.
As some of the largest institutions in our society, universities hold huge amounts of personal data, belonging to both their large student populations and their sizeable workforces. As such, it is unsurprising that data breaches at universities have become more common in recent years.
Such breaches can arise from cyberattacks, but they can also result from failures of the universities themselves. As universities grow in size, the challenges of data handling increase, and many universities appear to be falling short of their data protection duties.
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.
Dr Thair Altaii received a prison sentence after he was caught filming female patients whilst they were being examined, and he stored images and videos on his personal laptop.
This behaviour is a violation of human rights, medical confidentiality, and data protection laws; notwithstanding the fact that it is simply immoral and wrong. Victims should be able to put their trust in medical experts to not violate their privacy and patient confidentiality, and this has been severely broken in this case.
We understand the impact that breaches like this can have on patients and their lives and we want to help victims fight for the justice they deserve for this privacy violation. Contact our expert legal team today for free no-obligation advice if you were a victim of the Dr Thair Altaii data breaches.
Banking app scams are one of the latest ways in which hackers are targeting victims. People have lost thousands of pounds to these kinds of scams, but there can be a way to make a claim for damages and loss.
One of the common ways scammers are exploiting people is using a technique called ‘spoofing’. This can make the caller appear as the same number as a bank or a legitimate organisation, tricking the victim into believing that the call is legitimate.
In many cases, scammers get hold of the victims’ details from data breaches. They can then contact them and use real information to convince the victim that they are genuine. Victims can then be subjected to fraudulent transactions or being duped into handing over money or more information to be abused.
The Prestige Software data breach has exposed millions of guest records online in a breach from their online cloud database.
Prestige Software operates one of the biggest hotel online services. This includes Booking.com, Expedia, and Hotels.com all using their online reservation software.
It is unknown yet if the information has been accessed by criminals and remains to be seen if the data will be used in a malicious way. In response to the breach, Prestige Software said:
‘We have informed our clients, keeping them updated on the incident as well as on its main features. In conclusion, we have taken measures to diligently react to this incident which, according to the information that we are managing right now, should actually have had very limited effects.’