Data breach compensation amounts – how much could you win?

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The increasing strength of cybercriminals and the ongoing shortage of cybersecurity expertise continues to put personal data at risk. In the digital age, no one can afford to be complacent about data protection but, unfortunately, some companies fail to keep the information in their possession safe. If your data security has been compromised by a third party, you may be able to make a claim, via which claimants could recover significant data breach compensation amounts.

As specialist Data Breach Lawyers, we have been representing clients for privacy matters for a number of years. We know how worrying it can be to have your information exposed, as it can feel like your privacy is now beyond your control. As such, it is important to us that data breach victims can assert their rights and access the justice that they deserve.

By utilising our extensive expertise in this area of law, we can ensure that you receive a compensation pay-out that reflects the full extent of any harm caused to you. To find out more about making a claim, you can contact our team today for free, no-obligation advice about No Win, No Fee compensation claiming.

Am I entitled to claim?

We understand that many people may not know their rights in the event of a data breach, so it is important to let you know exactly where you stand. In their responsibilities as data controllers, all businesses and organisations must abide by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the primary data protection law in the UK right now.

If your information is exposed, misused, or its security is compromised, and the data controller’s failure to comply with the GDPR is understood to have brought about the incident, they may be deemed liable for a breach of data protection law. In these circumstances, you may then be eligible to make a compensation claim.

Potential data breach compensation amounts

Data breach compensation amounts are usually valued in order to reflect the specific impact the breach has had on the claimant. Even in our data breach group actions, in which many claimants have been affected by the same incident, the compensation awards can vary significantly from claimant to claimant in some cases.

First of all, claimants can be eligible to recover compensation in two common categories: General Damages can cover any distress caused by the breach, while Special Damages can cover any financial losses and expenses provoked by the incident. As such, those who have been affected by both factors could be awarded more than those who only make a claim in one category.

In addition, the psychological impact of a data breach may be more severe for some, with certain victims even sustaining recognised psychological injuries. Data breach compensation amounts for these victims could even exceed the £10,000 mark. The sensitivity of the information exposed can also be considered: for example, medical and financial information is typically seen as more sensitive than contact details in some circumstances, which could lead to an increase in the value of the claim.

Based on our settled cases, our average data breach pay-out is over £6,100 as of 2021, which can give you a rough idea of the data breach compensation amounts our clients have been awarded.

Make your data breach claim

As specialist data breach lawyers, we have represented thousands of clients for data protection matters, as well as playing key roles in some of the biggest data group actions in the UK, including those against Virgin Media and British Airways.

To find out if you could be eligible for a No Win, No Fee claim, you can contact our team today for free, no-obligation advice.

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

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