Category: ICO

No Win, No Fee British Airways compensation representation

British Airways

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

GDPR Regulations

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

BA data breach

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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Equifax data breach fine hits maximum limit

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The Equifax data breach fine issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has hit the maximum limit of £500,000.00.

The 2017 Equifax data breach resulted in some 700,000 UK citizens put at risk from data exposure. In total, around 15 million records were actually compromised.

This was a major breach for a number of reasons. Firstly, it was preventable; taking place because an employee failed to patch a known security vulnerably. Secondly, because the damage could have been lessened had Equifax have had proper systems in place to spot such a breach. Thirdly, because of who Equifax are. This is a company who is a credit-reference agency. The fact that a data breach has happened to them is incredibly worrying.

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GDPR data breach increasing or just more reporting?

data breaches expected to soar with introduction of new gdpr rules

Are we seeing an increase in GDPR data breach instances since the new rules came into force in May 2018, or is it just a case of more reporting?

According to recent research, reports of GDPR data breach incidents more than doubled between May, which saw the new rules come into force on 25th, and June 2018 the following month. Does this mean that incidents massively spiked and increased during that short period of time, or are organisations so in fear of the new rules that they’re reporting every little breach that may be happening?

The results are what we expected.

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CCTV and GDPR considerations

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 It’s important for people to know their data protection rights, and CCTV and GDPR considerations is a new thing for people and organisations to consider.

It has been suggested that many do not know that GDPR has an impact on CCTV since the new changes in power came in to affect in May 2018. CCTV is, after all, widespread – really widespread – throughout the UK. It’s now also commonly used by organisations in the office as well as outside an office for security, and is typically used on-board commercial vehicles, largely for security, legal and health and safety reasons.

But, what about the relationship between CCTV and GDPR?

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Is there a Ticketmaster GDPR fine on the horizon?

data breaches expected to soar with introduction of new gdpr rules

A key question right now is whether there is a Ticketmaster GDPR fine on the horizon. With the Ticketmaster data breach being the big data news recently, what punishments are they set to face?

We’ve already taken cases on for victims of the Ticketmaster data breach, and although any fine or penalty issued by the UK’s data watchdog, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), is independent of the legal action we’re taking, we’re closely monitoring the ICO developments.

Given the dates that the data was exposed, they could be set for a GDPR fine, and we think this would be justified.

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