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As data records become subjected to increasing digitisation, the security of personal information is increasingly dependent on strong cyber defences as well as the traditional user regulations for employees who have access to the information. Both cybersecurity and user policy must work effectively and in harmony to allow for successful data protection, as even the slightest of missteps could compromise entire systems. Victims who have had their confidential information exposed in a data breach will know this fact all too well.
Victims can become worried and stressed in the aftermath of data breaches, which is entirely understandable given how severely their privacy can be compromised and how many risks it can becomes exposed to.
As specialist Data Breach Lawyers, we want to ensure that all those affected by breaches of data protection law have an opportunity to access the justice they deserve. Pursuing compensation claims can help to hold data controllers to account for the harm they have caused, and we can offer No Win, No Fee legal representation.
In the course of their professional duties, police officers will often be required to request, view and process personal information, much of which can be highly sensitive in nature. The members of the police accessing confidential information, therefore, must act within certain guidelines and restrictions to uphold data protection regulations within the force, and as imposed by the law.
However, despite the integrity and professionalism we expect from police officers, there are those who unfortunately abuse their data access privileges for snooping on private information. Such actions can compromise the data privacy rights of fellow employees, as well as crime witnesses and victims.
Incidents like this should never happen, so where police officers have breached data protection law, those affected could be entitled to claim compensation for any harm caused. As specialists in data protection breach claims, we have held many third parties to account for exposing or compromising data, recovering huge sums in damages to date for our clients. You can contact us for free, no-obligation advice to find out more about making a claim now on a No Win, No Fee basis.
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.
The Lister Fertility Clinic data breach has resulted in the personal information of what may be around 1,700 patients at risk of exposure following a cyberattack.
The attack itself actually hit a third-party supplier, but it is feared that information caught up in the data breach may include personal and sensitive medical records and information. Correspondence is being sent out to affected victims, and those who are affected may be eligible to pursue a claim for data breach compensation.
For eligible clients that place their claim with us, we are able to offer No Win, No Fee legal representation.
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.
Over a year has passed since the Watford Community Housing data leak, in which an erroneous email caused thousands of tenants’ personal information to be exposed. Data security was not the only thing to be compromised, with some victims feeling their personal safety was also at risk.
In our eyes, the data leak constituted a severe case of data protection negligence, in which a basic error was allowed to cause significant damage to thousands of victims. As specialists in data breach claims, we have often witnessed poor awareness of the severity of breaches such as the Watford Community Housing leak, and our work is important to make sure that victims receive some form of justice for what has happened.
We want to reassure victims that we know how distressing these incidents can be, and to remind them that they still have a chance to make a compensation claim. In fact, you could be entitled to make a claim on a No Win, No Fee basis, so make sure to seek our advice today for more information if you have yet to join the compensation action.
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.
A recent ransomware attack on ForHousing and Liberty has led to the alleged theft of private data after hackers are understood to have managed to gain unauthorised access to the systems of ForViva, the social housing group to which the two companies belong. The executive of the group has reportedly stated that only a small volume of data may have been compromised, but the incident nevertheless has the potential to cause damage to data privacy.
Social housing groups like ForViva are usually required to hold a range of personal information to support their operations, both relating to their staff and, of course, to their residents. As such, they have important data protection responsibilities and must be relied upon to keep the information they store and process secure. Even in the case of cyberattacks, all data controllers retain a degree of responsibility, as they are expected to defend against such external threats as far as they possibly can.
As leading specialist Data Breach Lawyers, we are here to ensure data controllers are held to their legal duties that they are bound to when it comes to data protection law. Making data breach claims is a key route to achieving justice. If the security of your information has been compromised by the actions or negligence of a third party, you could be eligible to claim compensation on a No Win, No Fee basis now.
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.
The recent Birmingham City Council data breach has caused the exposure of private residents’ information, allegedly including details relating to vulnerable children (although this has reportedly been disputed).
As is the case in many council data breaches, the incident appears to have occurred as a result of human error, when staff mistakenly uploaded private information to a public access website. According to the council, the data was swiftly taken down, but the time for which it was uploaded may have been long enough to make the information accessible to unauthorised third parties.
In cases such as this, it may appear that little harm has been done, but all data breach incidents can be capable of causing significant distress for the victims. We trust local authorities like Birmingham City Council to safeguard our data. When they fail in this duty, they can be liable to compensate the victims for the harm caused.
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.
The Wisepay data breach occurred over several days between 2nd and 5th October 2020. The school services breach is said to have affected over 300 schools’ payments systems over the weekend that it occurred.
We understand that hackers managed to gain access to Wisepay’s systems to gather sensitive information as part of the cyberattack that remained undetected for two full days.
As a specialist law firm with years of experience in the complex field of data breach law, we are here to help you now. We currently represent thousands of claimants for signal cases and in dozens multi-party and group actions, with millions of pounds in damages recovered. We are passionate about fighting for justice for victims of data breaches and we can offer No Win, No Fee legal representation.