Category: ICO

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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Twitch data leak exposes earnings information and pay-out lists

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The recently reported Twitch data leak is understood to have exposed the earnings information for streamers, whose data is now said to be circulating on pay-out lists on the internet.

Earnings and pay-out information for the streamers affected is personal data that they should be allowed to have full control over. The fact that it has now been exposed means that those affected could be eligible to pursue a claim for data breach compensation. For anyone eligible for a legal case, we are able to offer No Win, No Fee arrangements.

Read on for more advice and information, and please do not hesitate to contact the team for free, no-obligation help now.

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Ticketmaster data group action

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Three years ago, it was reported that Ticketmaster had suffered a significant data breach to its website, affecting the private information of many customers. In fact, it is believed that the personal and payment details of as many as nine million customers were made vulnerable to theft by hackers. Our Ticketmaster data group action is still running to help as many victims as possible to claim compensation on a No Win, No Fee basis.

If a data controller fails to protect the information in its possession, this can constitute a breach of data protection law. In the case of Ticketmaster, we believe that poor cybersecurity, for which Ticketmaster was ultimately responsible, was at the root of the mass data exposure. We are, therefore, fighting to see that the company is held accountable for any negligence.

Those who were affected by the Ticketmaster data breach still have a chance to claim, but time is running out. We do not want you to miss out on your chance to recover compensation, so contact us to receive free, no-obligation advice if you think you may have a claim to make.

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Travel industry data breaches

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In recent years, several monumental travel industry data breaches have hit the headlines, highlighting how travel companies are prime targets for hackers seeking to harvest personal data. However, the travel industry is not just targeted for its wealth of sensitive information – many reports and exposés have revealed that too many travel companies have failed, and continue to fail, to simply protect customer data.

The extensive reports of poor data security in the travel industry demand a strong response, which is why we are representing affected customers of a number of travel industry data breaches. Our huge British Airways data breach group action is the first GDPR Group Litigation Order in England and Wales, and we are looking to recover thousands of pounds in compensation for our clients.

If you have suffered the harmful effects of a data protection breach, we are here to help.

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The third anniversary of the GDPR – how much has changed?

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May 2021 marked the third anniversary of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) which was implemented in the EU and adopted in the UK in 2018. Seen as a landmark moment, the new piece of data protection legislation forced many businesses and other data controllers to drastically rethink their approach to personal information.

However, now three years have passed, the GDPR’s impact is questionable. Thousands of data breaches are reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) every year, with the biggest incidents often affecting hundreds of thousands or even millions of consumers. We are representing victims for some of the most damaging data breaches of the last three years, including those at British Airways, easyJet and Virgin Media.

The GDPR may have failed to influence some businesses to change their ways, but it can entitle victims to make a compensation claim in the event that their data protection rights are breached. While so many data breaches continue to happen, we are here to support those affected to claim the compensation pay-outs that they deserve.

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Customers reportedly told to keep quiet about Fat Face data breach

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Reports have recently emerged detailing the events of the Fat Face data breach, following the company’s decision to send out an email to affected customers. Victims were reportedly told to keep the information about the incident private.

The data breach itself is understood to have occurred in January, but it was not until the end of March that customers learned of the exposure of their information. Investigations by Fat Face has established that some systems were reportedly subjected to unauthorised access, affecting both customer and employee data. It has also been alleged that Fat Face paid a ransom to a cybercrime gang, though neither the company nor the ICO, the data protection regulator, appear to have confirmed this claim.

Those who have had their private information exposed in the Fat Face data breach may be able to recover compensation for the harm caused. Everyone has a right to adequate data protection. If companies fail in this duty, they can be liable to issue pay-outs to those affected.

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Birmingham City Council data breach

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The recent Birmingham City Council data breach has caused the exposure of private residents’ information, allegedly including details relating to vulnerable children (although this has reportedly been disputed).

As is the case in many council data breaches, the incident appears to have occurred as a result of human error, when staff mistakenly uploaded private information to a public access website. According to the council, the data was swiftly taken down, but the time for which it was uploaded may have been long enough to make the information accessible to unauthorised third parties.

In cases such as this, it may appear that little harm has been done, but all data breach incidents can be capable of causing significant distress for the victims. We trust local authorities like Birmingham City Council to safeguard our data. When they fail in this duty, they can be liable to compensate the victims for the harm caused.

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Northumbria University cyberattack

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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.

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British Airways data breach settlement on the horizon

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As the start of 2021 marks almost three years since the first breach began, a British Airways data breach settlement is soon expected, as the airline’s lawyers revealed intentions to potentially settle claims out of court.

Under increasing pressure from Your Lawyers, a leading consumer action and data breach firm, this is a big development in a serious breach that affected approximately 400,000 customers in 2018. Your Lawyers, who sit on the Steering Committee responsible for the conduct of the group action, were quick to break the news of this major development, which has featured across prominent media outlets.

The deadline to join the action is not far away. With our current estimations suggesting up to a possible £2.4 million pay-out if all the victims claim, we do not want any affected customers to miss out on their share of compensation. Please start your claim as soon as possible.

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Flagship Group cyberattack caused by serious ransomware

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Websites, systems and services have been offline for over a week after the Flagship Group cyberattack hit the housing company.

An official statement from Flagship Group’s website informs us that, on the 1st November 2020, a major cyberattack occurred that has resulted in most of their systems being taken offline. In quick response to the attack, Flagship Homes took many of their systems and services down to prevent the spread of the event.

It is currently unknown exactly how many people have been affected by the Flagship Group cyberattack. However, it has been confirmed that some personal data has been compromised in the breach. Flagship Group has warned customers to be wary of potential cold calls and phishing emails that could result in fraudulent activity.

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The BA data breach fine – is it enough?

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Following the British Airways data breach in 2018, where almost 500,000 customers were affected, the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has issued its final fine. The BA data breach fine was announced to be just £20 million – a significant 90% less than the initial proposed intention to fine last year of £183m.

Though £20 million is no small amount, for the international airline, the question is whether this data breach fine is enough to have a proper impact. In terms of how the ICO decides how much it should fine data breach offenders, it should be enough to have a ‘dissuasive effect’ on the company and others in order to warn them from committing further data breaches.

In the case of the BA data breach fine, it is not seen as a high enough amount to have a dissuasive effect when you consider how much of the original proposed amount has been wiped out.

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Greater Manchester Police data breach may affect thousands of serious crime victims

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It is understood that a serious Greater Manchester Police data breach may have affected thousands of victims of serious crimes.

In an exclusive story broken from ManchesterMill.co.uk, it has been reported that a whistle-blower has revealed the details of the serious data leak to the media. The coverage confirms that information had been uploaded to a “test system” and may have been accessible on a third-party IT contractor’s website for some two months.

Information may have included the names and addresses of victims of serious crime, including sexual assault and domestic abuse. Data may have also included the details for informants and witnesses involved in cases as well.

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