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The impact of sensitive council data breaches can be substantial which is why we, as Leading Data Breach Lawyers, represent victims for cases on a No Win, No Fee basis.
You do not need to suffer in silence and you could be entitled to pursue thousands of pounds in damages for distress caused by the loss of control of your personal information. Make sure to talk to our team for free, no-obligation legal advice about starting a GDPR compensation case for privacy damages here now.
Sensitive council data breaches generally involve particularly personal and confidential information that has been misused or exposed in a setting of this nature. Given that local authorities routinely store and process incredibly sensitive and confidential data, it is not uncommon for council data breach compensation claims to encompass these elements.
Generally speaking, the more sensitive the information is, the greater the impact can be on the victim. Whilst all organisations have an important duty to make sure that any information in their charge is protected, it is particularly important when it comes to sensitive data that could be classed as “special category” information. “Special category” information is a sort of subsection within the GDPR that recognises the particular sensitivity of certain information such as medical data, sexual orientation information, and details about ethnicity.
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Anyone affected by sensitive council data breaches could be eligible to claim compensation if we can establish that there has been a breach of the GDPR. Generally speaking, if your information is misused or exposed as a result of some kind of accident or oversight, that is when there could be a breach. If we can then establish that negligence has occurred, that is when you could be eligible to pursue a legal case.
Typically, claiming GDPR compensation is about recovering damages for distress that has been caused by the loss of control of your personal information. You do not need to have suffered any losses or expenses to claim, but these can be considered if they are applicable. That being said, most people claim distress alone, and our average compensation settlement is just over £6,000 in damages alone for mostly individual cases for distress. As such, it is worth pursuing a case, particularly because we can work on a No Win, No Fee basis for eligible clients.
Even if it is a council data leak that has resulted in your information being misused, you could still be eligible to recover compensation in a claim. If the breach has arisen from negligence, that is when there may have been a breach of the GDPR to allow victims to recover damages.
Do not allow a local authority to use the excuse of human error or an unavoidable incident to try to defend themselves from you pursuing damages. The law is clear, and any breach of the GDPR could allow you to claim damages for distress caused by the loss of control of your personal information.
Ultimately, any sensitive council data breaches must be dealt with incredibly carefully when it comes to making sure that victims can pursue real justice.