Category: Group Actions

Data breach group actions: claiming compensation

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You could be entitled to claim compensation by engaging in one of our data breach group actions, and we can offer No Win, No Fee legal representation for eligible clients.

Thousands of people can come together to claim as part of a single action, and each one could be entitled to receive potentially thousands of pounds in damages. We are experts in this area of law, and the team is always happy to speak to people about joining current actions or to discuss potential new actions.

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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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Compensation for a leak of private medical information

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You could be eligible to claim compensation if you have suffered due to the leak of private medical information, and we know that the impact can be substantial.

As Leading Data Breach Lawyers, we have been fighting for justice for thousands of privacy breach clients since 2014. Our specialist team has recovered over £1m in data breach damages for mostly individual clients to date, and we continue to lead the way for justice when people suffer due to their personal information being misused or exposed.

Our experience speaks for itself. It’s why we know just how severe a medical data leak can be, and how you can trust in us to fight for your right to justice now.

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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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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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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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Workplace data leak claims

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In most workplaces, there will often be a substantial amount of personal information held, which can relate to employees, employers, partners, or clients. When a data breach affects you in your place of work, there can be all kinds of implications, and it can be understandably distressing to know that your information may have been exposed within the office, or even outside the office. As specialists in data breach claims, we can help  employees affected by a workplace data leak to claim the compensation they deserve.

When hiring a new employee, companies often request that they disclose an extensive amount of personal information, and they will only aggregate more information about their employees as time goes on. Having built up such detailed records of the identities and backgrounds of their staff, it is vital that employers take their data protection duties seriously. However, unfortunately, some disregard the security of personal data and incidents take place.

Though it may feel that it could be hard to stand up to your employer, you have a right to good data protection, and you can assert this right in the event of a data breach. To find out more about making a data breach claim, contact our team today for free, no-obligation advice.

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Compensation for a Ministry of Defence data breach

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If you have suffered information exposure or misuse arising from a Ministry of Defence data breach, you could be entitled to claim compensation now on a No Win, No Fee basis.

Any breach, leak or hack could entitle a victim to pursue a legal case, and most people claim for the personal impact that a data breach has had on them. In a case involving the MOD, the impact could be serious. The GDPR is there to protect us, so any breach of it can mean victims are entitled to justice.

We will also briefly look at the recent incident involving the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (Arap) as a clear example of how serious an MOD data breach incident can be.

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Stor-A-File cyberattack: data dumped on the dark web

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The latest developments in the recently discovered Stor-A-File cyberattack are concerning. After the company refused to pay a ransom demand issued by the hackers behind the attack, what has been described as tens of thousands of files have now reportedly been dumped on the dark web.

It is understood that Store-A-File refused to meet the demands of the ransom, which was reportedly set at £3m in Bitcoin, on the advice of authorities. Unfortunately, the hackers appear to have followed through on their threats and have now exposed information caught up in the data breach on the dark web. It could now be exploited by criminals, and victims will need to remain incredibly vigilant.

We recently reported on the Lister Fertility Clinic data breach as one of the organisations that were caught up in the Stor-A-File cyberattack. Some 1,700 patients had reportedly been corresponded with to advise of their potential involvement in the breach as a company using Stor-A-File for scanning services. It is thought that some 13 organisations may be affected in all, and these are understood to include the NHS, GP surgeries, local councils, and some private sector companies including law firms and accountants.

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Steris data breach

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A part of the wider Accellion cyberattack, Steris has reportedly fallen prey to a breach of private information. The Steris data breach first came to public attention in early 2021, but the incident itself is understood to have occurred as a result of a cyberattack reported in late December 2020.

Steris is a US company engaged in the supply of sterilisation services and surgical equipment in the healthcare sector. It is also far from the only company to be involved in the Accellion cybersecurity incident, which reportedly affected many business customers that use Accellion’s FTA (File Transfer Appliance).

Businesses don’t operate in a vacuum – with so many companies outsourcing to other companies for different products and services, business operations are commonly interlinked. As a result, businesses have to be able to rely on each other from a data protection perspective. In the case of Accellion, it seems that the company could not be trusted to maintain cybersecurity.

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Lister Fertility Clinic data breach legal advice

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The Lister Fertility Clinic data breach has resulted in the personal information of what may be around 1,700 patients at risk of exposure following a cyberattack.

The attack itself actually hit a third-party supplier, but it is feared that information caught up in the data breach may include personal and sensitive medical records and information. Correspondence is being sent out to affected victims, and those who are affected may be eligible to pursue a claim for data breach compensation.

For eligible clients that place their claim with us, we are able to offer No Win, No Fee legal representation.

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Labour Party data breach stems from ransomware cyberattack

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At the start of the month, it came to light that a potentially major Labour Party data breach was taking place, reportedly involving a third party suffering from a cyberattack.

Although it is understood that Labour’s own systems were not breached or directly affected by the cyberattack, a third party that stores and processes information for members on behalf of the Party was hit by what was reported to be a ransomware attack. It is thought that the hackers were not targeting Labour directly and appear to have financial motivations behind the attack.

The Labour Party notified members of the data breach and warned them to be wary of being contacted for scams, which could occur via email, text or from calls. We have taken on cases for those affected, so contact the team for help and advice now.

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