Category: ICO

Blackbaud data breach: information hacked

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The widespread and recently publicised Blackbaud data breach has resulted in a wealth of personal information being hacked, affecting over 100 organisations in the UK.

Many of those affected are universities, and there are also charities that have been impacted by the breach as well. Victims are being notified of the breach, and if you have been contacted, we may be able to help you. For eligible cases, we may be able to offer No Win, No Fee legal representation.

Here’s some advice about what has happened, what data has been affected, and how we may be able to help you today.

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Dixons Carphone data breach fine issued

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The ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) has issued a maximum Dixons Carphone data breach fine in the sum of £500,000.00.

As the breach period was prior to the introduction of the GDPR, they have escaped fines that could have hit hundreds of millions of pounds under the new rules. But the level of the fine that has been issued reflects the severity of this breach that resulted in the personal information for some 14 million people being compromised. It also led to the details for 5.6 million payment cards being exposed as well.

We’re representing victims for this breach and have been doing for a number of years since news of it broke a couple of years ago.

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New Year’s Honours List unsurprising

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News of the New Year’s Honours List data leak that hit the headlines last week didn’t come as much of a surprise to us.

Unfortunately, we see these kinds of leaks happening all of the time. They’re usually caused by human error, which we assume is the root of this one, and in most cases, they’re entirely avoidable. The law is clear, and everyone should know their responsibilities and ought to know that publishing the addresses for those receiving honours can be a breach of the law.

It’s understood that more than 1,000 people have been affected by the issue, with concerns raised over the security for some of those whose data has been leaked.

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Missoma data breach advice

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If you have been affected by the recently discovered Missoma data breach, you may be entitled to bring a claim for compensation on a No Win, No Fee basis with us.

It’s understood that some customers who had placed orders with the jewellery brand as far back as September may have been affected by a cyberattack. Malicious software had reportedly been inserted into the payment processing section of the website, and this had led to data being exposed.

This isn’t the first time this kind of breach has taken place either, which may be seen as a damning indictment.

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No Win, No Fee British Airways compensation representation

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If you’ve yet to start your No Win, No Fee British Airways compensation claim, make sure you sign-up via the BA Group Action website here as soon as possible.

We’re pleased to be able to offer No Win, No Fee arrangements for this action, which could be set to be the first GDPR Group Litigation Order (GLO) action so far. BA are already facing a record fine from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) which shows how seriously they’re taking the attacks. It also means that the case against BA in terms of liability is strong in our view, which is why we can offer the No Win, No Fee assistance.

But make sure you sign-up for a claim as soon as you can to take advantage of our offer before time runs out.

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Importance of the British Airways and Marriott fines

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The importance of the recent provisional British Airways and Marriott fines that have been issued for breaches of GDPR cannot be understated. And our action for compensation is important for victims as well.

The record-setting levels of the fines that have been issued show that the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is deadly serious when it comes to GDPR compliance. With the ability for fines to be set at 4% of an origination’s global annual turnover, financial penalties that can be issued by the regulator can be significant.

BA’s fine – which they are understood to be contesting – has been initially set at £183m, and the provisional Marriott fine is at £99m. These are clear and substantial punishments. When it comes to the victims whose data has been exposed, our action for compensation is the way forward for justice.

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Marriott data breach fine set to be £99m

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The provisional Marriott data breach fine is to be reportedly set at £99m, with news of this fine coming just days after the record-setting BA data breach fine.

This is another significant financial punishment issued by the UK’s data watchdog, the Information Commissioner’s Office. Marriott is understood to have expressed that they’re “disappointed” with the fine, despite the severity of this breach the fact that information had been exposed for such a long period of time.

These first major GDPR fines show one thing: that the ICO mean business when it comes to using the new legislation that came into force in May 2018.

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British Airways data breach fine and compensation claims

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It’s important to understand that the £183m British Airways data breach fine and the action for compensation for victims are two different things.

The £183m fine that’s provisionally been issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is designed to be a punishment and a deterrent. Money from the fine will normally go to the treasury and is not for the victims of the breach, and that’s why we have our separate action for justice.

For the victims to be able to claim compensation, you’ll need to be a part of the pending group action that will likely be pursued in the courts. You can sign-up to join our claimant group here.

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BA data breach fine set to be record high of £183m

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The BA data breach fine that the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is set to issue will be a record high of £183m.

The level of the fines reflects the severity of this breach that resulted in hundreds of thousands of people’s information being compromised. It will be the biggest financial penalty that the ICO has ever issue as part of the new GDPR rules that came into force last year.

We’ve been representing a number of people who are claiming for data breach compensation as victims of the incidents. If you’ve yet to start your No Win, No Fee legal case, you can sign-up here.

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Police Federation of England and Wales data breach help

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We’ve taken cases on with our No Win, No Fee policy for victims of the recent Police Federation of England and Wales data breach incidents.

The cyber attacks that hit the PFEW took place in March 2019; the first on 9th, and the second on the 21st. Neither were thought to have been specifically targeting PFEW and are understood to have been part of a wider malware incident.

PFEW has confirmed that they’re unable to rule out that information has been exposed. As they’re unable to rule it out, we can take claims for data breach compensation forward for anyone suffering distress as a result of the incident. There could be as many as 120,000 police employees that have been hit by the breaches.

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Action taken in wake of Marriott cyber attack

Action has been taken in the wake of the massive Marriott cyber attack that was revealed last year, both here in the U.K. and in the U.S.

In the U.K., victims may be entitled to make a claim for data breach compensation if you were one of the 500 million people affected. If you’re a resident in England or Wales, we can represent you for the case. A claim is separate to any enforcement action and fines that may be issue by the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office). Those fines alone could end up in the hundreds of millions.

As well as claims and fines, testimonies and apologies took place last month as well. Here’s the latest.

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Inquiry calls for greater Facebook regulation

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An inquiry from the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has called for greater Facebook regulation to shift the power from the corporations to the people.

Recommendations include an independent regulator that could be responsible for enforcing an ethical code of conduct that all tech firms must adhere to. They could also be handed powers to bring legal proceedings for breaches and enforce new rules for tech firms to prevent and remove disinformation, false news and harmful content.

The inquiry was launched off the back of the Cambridge Analytica scandal and also focuses on the misuse of personal data as well.

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