Victims of a council data leak whose personal information has been misused or exposed can be entitled to claim compensation, and we can offer No Win, No Fee representation.
There are many scenarios where you could be entitled to receive compensation, and we can take into account a number of factors when we assess what you could be owed. The GDPR gives victims the right to receive compensation, and we can represent victims to make sure that justice is served.
Our team is always happy to offer free and no-obligation claims assessments as well.
Claiming compensation for a council data leak
You could be entitled to claim compensation for a council data leak if your information has been exposed or misused by a local authority, or an employee or agent working on their behalf. Leaks are usually caused by accidental disclosures to the wrong people or allowing data to be accessible when it should not be.
Most leaks are accidents, and it is accidental data breaches that victims can commonly claim for. Usually, an accident occurs due to some form of avoidable negligence, and it is negligence we usually need to prove to be able to succeed with a case.
Some examples where you could be owed compensation for a data leak like this can include:
- Information sent by email or post to the wrong person, or the wrong information being sent out;
- Mass emails sent to lots of people where the CC function was used instead of the BCC function, exposing information. This should never happen as proper mailing software should always be used, and there is no excuse for taking such risks;
- Information being shared without the clear consent of the person;
- Data accessible online, either due to an error when it is not secure, or it being accidentally published when it should be redacted.
There can be other scenarios, and it is always recommended that you speak to our team for a free claims assessment.
What you could claim for
There are two key elements to most data compensation cases, and this is also the case for council data leak claims as well.
- General Damages; and
- Special Damages.
General Damages is for the distress caused by the loss of control of your personal information. The GDPR gives us the right to control who knows what about us when it comes to private information, and if this control is taken away from us, it can be distressing. We do not want everyone to know everything about us, and it can be distressing to know that people you may not want to know things about you now do.
The GDPR means you can claim for this distress. Values and amounts can be based on things like the nature of the data involved, how much is involved, and who it has been exposed to. The more personal and sensitive it is, the more a claim could be worth. Even for cases where names and contact data is leaked, claims could be valued in the thousands of pounds region, especially when the context of information is considered.
Special Damages is for any losses and expenses. You do not have to have paid anything out or lost any money to actually make a claim, but evidenced losses and expenses can be recoverable.
No Win, No Fee and Free Advice
We can offer No Win, No Fee legal representation for council data leak compensation claims. Our team is more than happy to provide you with a free and no-obligation assessment, and all you need to do is complete a contact form on our site here today.
Our team will then get in touch with you as soon as possible.
IMPORTANT: advice on this page is intended to be up-to-date for the 'first published date'.
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