Cybersecurity month 2021 – the importance of our work

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The importance of our work in fighting for the rights of data breach victims is highlighted with the annual passing of Cybersecurity month 2021.

It is not just about what has happened, what can be better, and how we can improve the overall landscape of data protection matters. It is also about recognising that real people have suffered injustice and distress when their personal and private information has been exposed or misused. And this is important to recognise.

As specialist Data Breach Lawyers, our job is to support those affected by such incidents and make sure that they can access some form of justice for what they have had to go through. This is why we can offer No Win, No Fee legal support to victims now.

Remember the victims this Cybersecurity month 2021

It is important to remember that there are real victims to real breaches as we mark Cybersecurity month 2021. Not only is this a cause for general concern when we see yet another company involved in yet another cyberattack, but real people are often affected. Sometimes, it can be thousands or even hundreds of thousands.

In the Virgin Media data leak revealed last year, some 900,000 people were affected. In the 2018 British Airways cyberattack events, almost 500,000 people were affected.

Those affected are real people whose personal and private data is now in the hands of people they did not authorise to access it. In cases like the BA data breach, it has been exposed to criminals who usually want to use it for fraud and other malicious purposes.

As such, Cybersecurity month 2021 is not just about recognising what needs to be done to better protect people in the future, it is also about making sure that victims of past events get some form of justice for what they have had to go through. Whilst we want to make sure that these events are never repeated, many should not have even happened in the first place. Victims have rights, and our job is to enforce them for people.

Action data breach victims can take

It is also important for victims of data breaches to learn more about what they can do this Cybersecurity month 2021.

Did you know that most victims of a data breach could be eligible to claim compensation, even if they have not suffered any kind of financial loss or expenses? If you have lost control over your private information, you could be entitled to claim damages to compensate you for any distress that this causes to you. And, in most cases, it can be distressing to learn that your details have been exposed, misused, or shared without your proper and informed consent.

The GDPR can entitle victims of a data breach to claim compensation, and we can represent people for legal cases on a No Win, No Fee basis. We talk more about the No Win, No Fee below.

Speak to our team – No Win, No Fee compensation

Victims of a data protection breach can be eligible to claim compensation on a No Win, No Fee basis. We offer this kind of legal representation because we are big believers in access to justice, so we would not want to work in any other way.

The principle as to how the No Win, No Fee works is really quite simple. Subject to the terms and conditions agreed (which we have to say), we can write off our legal fees if the claim does not succeed. This means that you can make a claim without the worry of what might happen if the case does not succeed.

IMPORTANT: advice on this page is intended to be up-to-date for the 'first published date'.

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