Category: GDPR

Cloud data leaks: claiming compensation

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We may see more and more cloud data leaks as society continues to move toward digital hosting and pulls away from physical hardware situated in an actual business premises.

A huge amount of the infrastructure that is now being deployed is used and stored in the cloud, so it is vulnerable to errors that can lead to leaks, or cyberattacks that can compromise whole systems.

Any defence is only as good as its weakest link, and the exact same can be said for how well protected and how secure information is from employee error. This is why defences, training, policies, and procedures must be the absolute best that they can be.

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Hospitals and the healthcare sector: data breach compensation

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Victims of data breaches that involve hospitals and the healthcare sector can be entitled to claim compensation for any distress caused, and we are able to offer No Win, No Fee legal agreements.

We often find that the impact in these kinds of cases is significant, and the level of distress that can be caused can be substantial and can have a real and lasting impact on the victims. As such, justice for anyone affected by a breach that involves healthcare data is essential, which is why we do what we do.

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Take action following a data breach: how we help you

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It is important to take action following a data breach. As a victim whose personal information has been misused or exposed, you have rights.

We know, as leading Data Breach Lawyers, just how badly people can suffer when they have lost control over their personal information. The law is also on your side, and it can be used to pursue damages when you have been wronged due to a privacy misuse or exposure event.

For eligible clients, we are proud to be able to offer No Win, No Fee legal representation.

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Billions of exposed information harms victims

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As the growth of digital consumerism continues, we are sharing our personal information with an increasing number of online retailers and companies, both in the public and private sectors. Often, disclosing such details can be a requirement of making online purchases and orders, and since it has become the norm, we think little of this disclosure. But with billions of exposed information records circulating online, disclosing your data to third parties can bring about security risks.

In fact, there is a huge network of cybercriminals seeking to take advantage of the aggregation of personal information by organisations and businesses alike. Within company databases and online payment systems there can, unfortunately, be vulnerabilities. Hackers may be able to exploit them in order to steal personal information.

Though cybercriminals bear responsibility for data theft and misuse, it is also up to data controllers to protect the personal information in their possession. As such, where they fail to do so, they can be responsible for a breach of data protection law. To account for this injustice, you could be eligible to make a data breach compensation claim now on a No Win, No Fee basis.

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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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NHS staff misusing information – No Win, No Fee compensation

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The issue of NHS staff misusing information can have serious consequences for the victims that are affected, and those people could be eligible to claim data breach compensation.

For eligible clients, we can offer No Win, No Fee legal representation. This is a part of our commitment to Access to Justice, where we aim to make sure that anyone who may have a legitimate data breach claim can access the justice that they deserve.

Victims of an NHS medical data breach compensation case could be eligible to claim thousands of pounds in privacy damages. Claims can settle in the region of a few thousand pounds to even tens of thousands of pounds, depending on the nature of the case.

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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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Virgin Media data leak: two years on

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We are now two years on since news of the Virgin Media data leak first hit the headlines, and we continue to represent thousands of victims claiming with us on a No Win, No Fee basis.

The data breach affected some 900,000 people, most of whom were customers, and it stemmed from a marketing database being left unsecured and accessible online. During the data breach period that lasted between April 2019 and February 2020, at least one unknown third party is understood to have accessed the data, and the breach was only discovered by an independent security researcher.

Not long after the discovery of the data leak, victims were contacted, and we then received inquiries from those affected asking us for help and advice to claim compensation.

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Confidential information claims for data breach victims

Unfortunately, there are many circumstances in which a person’s data may be compromised or exposed, after which they can become vulnerable to a number of security risks. With such potential dangers involved, it is vital that those responsible for threatening information security and breaching data protection law are held to account. This is why it is important for affected victims to pursue confidential information claims for breaches.

Data security is a concern that has grown in the public consciousness in recent years, especially during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. As we lead increasingly digitised lives, and share our personal information with more and more companies, the risks can be greater. Whilst this should not be the case, increased data sharing often comes with inherent information security risks if the data controllers to whom you are disclosing your details to fail to comply with the GDPR.

However, there is a legal process that can enable victims to seek justice when they are affected by data breaches. The GDPR can entitle those who have had their data protection rights breached to claim compensation for the harm caused to them, and we can offer No Win, No Fee legal representation.

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Confidential information exposed in a data breach

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As data records become subjected to increasing digitisation, the security of personal information is increasingly dependent on strong cyber defences as well as the traditional user regulations for employees who have access to the information. Both cybersecurity and user policy must work effectively and in harmony to allow for successful data protection, as even the slightest of missteps could compromise entire systems. Victims who have had their confidential information exposed in a data breach will know this fact all too well.

Victims can become worried and stressed in the aftermath of data breaches, which is entirely understandable given how severely their privacy can be compromised and how many risks it can becomes exposed to.

As specialist Data Breach Lawyers, we want to ensure that all those affected by breaches of data protection law have an opportunity to access the justice they deserve. Pursuing compensation claims can help to hold data controllers to account for the harm they have caused, and we can offer No Win, No Fee legal representation.

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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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Police accessing confidential information

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In the course of their professional duties, police officers will often be required to request, view and process personal information, much of which can be highly sensitive in nature. The members of the police accessing confidential information, therefore, must act within certain guidelines and restrictions to uphold data protection regulations within the force, and as imposed by the law.

However, despite the integrity and professionalism we expect from police officers, there are those who unfortunately abuse their data access privileges for snooping on private information. Such actions can compromise the data privacy rights of fellow employees, as well as crime witnesses and victims.

Incidents like this should never happen, so where police officers have breached data protection law, those affected could be entitled to claim compensation for any harm caused. As specialists in data protection breach claims, we have held many third parties to account for exposing or compromising data, recovering huge sums in damages to date for our clients. You can contact us for free, no-obligation advice to find out more about making a claim now on a No Win, No Fee basis.

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