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Cloud data leaks: claiming compensation

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We may see more and more cloud data leaks as society continues to move toward digital hosting and pulls away from physical hardware situated in an actual business premises.

A huge amount of the infrastructure that is now being deployed is used and stored in the cloud, so it is vulnerable to errors that can lead to leaks, or cyberattacks that can compromise whole systems.

Any defence is only as good as its weakest link, and the exact same can be said for how well protected and how secure information is from employee error. This is why defences, training, policies, and procedures must be the absolute best that they can be.

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Lichfield District Council – one example of poor data security

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A previous meeting at Lichfield District Council told of the reportedly poor attitude toward data protection at the council, which was apparently described by one councillor as “verging on negligent”. We do hope that these issues have now been resolved, as the security issues could put the council in breach of the GDPR.

Every organisation and individual is required by law to handle information with caution and with respect for the right to data privacy, so any failures in this duty could be subject to enforcement and punishment. In addition, many victims affected by data breaches may have a right to claim compensation from those who failed to protect the personal data that they are responsible for. We support victims to assert their rights when it comes to data protection, so contact us for advice if you think your rights have been breached. We may be able to help you on a No Win, No Fee basis.

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The risks of reusing passwords

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In principle, most of us should recognise the value of creating complex, unique passwords for each of our online accounts, but many of us find it difficult to apply this principle in practice. Until we are directly confronted with a compromised security event, few of us may comprehend the risks of reusing passwords. It is for this reason that we think it’s important to reiterate the dangers of this fundamental security error, particularly in a world in which we are constantly facing the threats of cybercrime.

In the digital world, just one stolen or leaked password could allow a cybercriminal to unlock a wealth of valuable information. As hackers continue to develop more sophisticated methods, password misuse could be regarded as a growing phenomenon.

We are a firm of specialist data protection lawyers, so we know all too well the dangers that victims of information exposure can be made vulnerable to. In our capacity as data breach specialists, we want to empower our clients to protect their data security as far as they can, which is why we are offering this advice as a basic data protection strategy.

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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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Sky Vegas promotion email received by self-excluded

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A Sky Vegas promotion email has reportedly been sent out on a mass and blanket basis, meaning it has also reached those who had elected to self-exclude from gambling.

Typically, those self-excluding from gambling are doing so to combat serious addictions that can cost people their livelihoods when they are unable to stop gambling. The self-exclusion toolkits that services have themselves, as well as those through GamStop, are specifically designed to protect those who are vulnerable to problems from addiction. We would not expect a gambling company to send promotions to those who are self-excluding, and the impact of receiving such material could be substantial.

Our legal team has assessed the facts of what we know so far, and we consider that we are able to offer No Win, No Fee legal representation for eligible clients.

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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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Three years since the NHS Digital data breach

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In July 2018, NHS Digital – the IT and data department for the NHS – was at the centre of a significant data breach. The incident was caused by a system error for which NHS Digital was responsible and affected approximately 150,000 patients nationwide. These patients had chosen to opt out of their information being used for reasons unrelated to their own healthcare, but the defect in the system meant that their wishes were not fulfilled.

It is incredibly worrying for an organisation of this stature to have been embroiled in such a wide-reaching, impactful data breach, particularly where sensitive medical data is involved. All patients have a right to exert proper control over who accesses their data and for what reason, but the NHS Digital data breach, unfortunately, denied patients of this right.

We believe that the incident constitutes a clear example of data protection negligence, which is why we are helping those affected to claim the compensation that they deserve. If you were adversely impacted by the NHS Digital data breach, you can contact us for free, no-obligation advice on your potential compensation claim and join others already claiming on a No Win, No Fee basis now.

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British Airways data breach claim settlement – you can still claim

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The recent British Airways data breach claim settlement news is good, but our legal action against the airline continues. Only a portion of the 420,000 affected victims are set to receive pay-outs in this settlement, so British Airways still has a lot of claims to resolve, and your chance to claim is not over at all.

Although another law firm has chosen to settle, if you have yet to make a claim, you still have a chance to join our group action to seek the justice you deserve. It is unclear how much this initial group of claims have been settled for, but we are confident that continuing our action against British Airways will enable us to pursue the best possible outcome for our clients.

Hundreds of thousands of victims of the British Airways data breach have still yet to achieve justice. We encourage anyone who has still not sought legal advice to contact our specialist team today, or to register their claim via our online form.

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Data breaches identified by hacks and leaks

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To hackers, personal data is a valuable commodity, as it can be used to carry out many different types of cybercrime. To obtain this data, hackers often target businesses and other organisations with cyberattacks, and when their hacks are successful, this can be a sign of existing vulnerabilities. The data breaches identified by hacks can sometimes be damning evidence of company-wide data protection negligence.

At the Data Breach Lawyers, we know that the main culprits of data breaches are not always hackers, as they can instead be the hacked organisations themselves. If a third party has failed to impose sufficient cybersecurity measures, they may have breached data protection law. We are here to represent anyone affected by such data breaches in their fight for justice, as victims could be entitled to thousands of pounds in compensation – all on a No Win, No Fee basis.

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Human error council data breaches

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Although we may imagine many data breaches to occur as a result of external threats from hackers and cybercriminals, unfortunately, many arise within the affected organisations themselves. In fact, the mistakes of employees often account for failures in data protection, and human error council data breaches feature significantly among these accidental events.

The automation and regularity provided by computer systems and databases should allow little room for error in this day and age. Unfortunately, outdated operations and procedures that many companies still employ means that some mistakes slip through. The ignorance of what constitutes as good data protection practices can worsen the issues further.

If you have been a victim of negligence regarding data protection, you may be entitled to claim compensation for the damage that has been caused. Human error is not a viable excuse for data protection failures, so organisations must be held accountable for the broader data protection problems which these errors indicate.

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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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Still time to start your we-vibe data breach compensation claim

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There’s still time to start your we-vibe data breach compensation claim and be a part of the legal action we’ve been running since news of the scandal hit the headlines.

We’re representing a large group of victims on a No Win, No Fee basis. Claims are live and being pursued in the UK, and we’re still taking cases forward now (just last week we added more Claimants to our growing list).

Although you’re still in time to join the action, we strongly recommend that you initiate your legal case as soon as you can. We’ve been fighting for justice since 2017, so we’re more than two years on from taking cases forward. Deadlines are looming, and we don’t want you to miss out on your chance to claim.

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