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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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Sweaty Betty data breach advice

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News of the Sweaty Betty data breach hit the media last week where it has been confirmed that the retailer suffered a cyberattack that has led to the exposure of customer information.

Customers who placed an order either online or by telephone between Tuesday 19th November and Wednesday 27th November 2019 may have been affected. It’s understood that malicious code had been inserted into their e-commerce system where data processed through it has been copied and therefore exposed.

If you have been affected by this incident as a resident in England or Wales, you can speak to our team today for free, no-obligation advice.

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Charing Cross Gender Identity Clinic email leak

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We’re taking compensation claims forward on a No Win, No Fee basis for victims of the Charing Cross Gender Identity Clinic email leak.

The GIC sent two separate emails to groups of around 900 individuals per email with information relating to an art competition. Unfortunately, instead of using proper mailing software, it appears that the clinic simply used the “CC” (carbon copy) function. This has resulted in recipients’ information – at least email addresses, and possibly names – being leaked to all other recipients of the email.

This isn’t the first time an email data leak of this nature has happened. We continue to fight for the rights of victims affected by the infamous 56 Dean Street Clinic leak which was a similar incident.

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British Airways claim deadline

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The British Airways claim deadline for the 2018 data breach incidents may fall very soon, so if you’re serious about joining the BA Group Action, we’re urging victims to start their case ASAP.

Victims who claim with us could be entitled to thousands of pounds for the distress caused by the breach, and you may also be able recover and direct financial losses and expenses as well. We can help you claim on a No Win, No Fee basis as part of our ongoing commitment for access to justice.

This is one of the dozens of data breach actions that our lawyers are proudly fighting for justice in.

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Lancaster University data breach legal advice

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If you were a victim of one or both of the Lancaster University data breach incidents, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation on a No Win, No Fee basis.

The university recently announced that sophisticated and malicious cyber attacks had taken place, and that student and applicant data may have been exposed. We’re therefore prepared to take cases forward for victims of the incidents, and with our lawyers already fighting for justice in a number of group and multi-party actions already, you can be assured that your case is in safe hands with us.

This isn’t the first time we have represented university students for a data breach incident. If you need legal advice about your options, we’re here for you.

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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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A number of NHS fax data breach issues have come to light

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There has been a spate of NHS fax data breach incidents as a result of a fax number used within the healthcare system that’s similar to an unrelated one.

A hotel group that reportedly has a similar fax number has contacted the Corporate Information Governance Team at NHS England to report the issue. As a result, NHS England has reminded GP surgeries and pharmacists about the importance of making sure data is sent to the correct recipient.

These kinds of NHS data breach cases are so easy to avoid, yet they often happen so easily.

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Joining the Equifax Lawsuit in the UK

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You can join the Equifax Lawsuit in the UK that we have been helping clients for since news broke of the data breach back in 2017.

We now act for a large number of Claimants who have instructed us to represent them in their fight for justice. This was a preventable breach that has caused distress to a number of victims who were caught up in the incident. The vulnerability with Equifax’s systems should have been identified earlier as well.

If you’ve yet to join the Equifax lawsuit in the UK, there’s still time to do so. But you should get involved ASAP to avoid missing any key deadlines in the action.

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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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Mumsnet data breach

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The Mumsnet data breach is said to have affected dozens of accounts after a software change resulted in the exposure of some users’ personal information.

Users who logged into their account during the breach period may have been able to see the account information for other users, and vice-versa. Mumsnet has reported themselves to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and has reversed the software alteration and logged all users out of their accounts.

Software changes that lead to data breach are not uncommon. Some of the data breach compensation claims we represent people for have stemmed from this type of breach. Victims of such data breaches may be able to take legal action.

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