In most workplaces, there will often be a substantial amount of personal information held, which can relate to employees, employers, partners, or clients. When a data breach affects you in your place of work, there can be all kinds of implications, and it can be understandably distressing to know that your information may have been exposed within the office, or even outside the office. As specialists in data breach claims, we can help employees affected by a workplace data leak to claim the compensation they deserve.
When hiring a new employee, companies often request that they disclose an extensive amount of personal information, and they will only aggregate more information about their employees as time goes on. Having built up such detailed records of the identities and backgrounds of their staff, it is vital that employers take their data protection duties seriously. However, unfortunately, some disregard the security of personal data and incidents take place.
Though it may feel that it could be hard to stand up to your employer, you have a right to good data protection, and you can assert this right in the event of a data breach. To find out more about making a data breach claim, contact our team today for free, no-obligation advice.
How might a workplace data leak occur?
A workplace data leak could be caused by a variety of security breaches or privacy incidents, some of which may be caused by an external attacker, and others which could be caused by internal mistakes. Some examples of employee errors include emails being sent to the wrong recipients, employees accessing information without permission, or confidential documents being left out in the office space for any employee to find.
In these kinds of scenarios, victims could be eligible to pursue a claim for compensation on a No Win, No Fee basis.
The potential implications of a workplace data leak
The impact of a workplace data leak can be severe, primarily because of the breadth of information held about employees. Beyond basic contact details and addresses, employers may also store information such as National Insurance numbers, bank account details, and HR records on disciplinary action and mediation.
Employee information can also include details taken for diversity monitoring, the exposure of which can cause significant distress to employees. For example, the Blackpool NHS Trust data breach was provoked by an employee error in which a spreadsheet of staff data was mistakenly uploaded to a public website. Among this information were details of religious beliefs, disabilities and sexual orientation, some of which many employees may have chosen to keep private from other staff.
Making a data breach claim
Our lawyers represent victims in a wide range of data breach actions and for individual claims to hold those responsible for incidents to account.
If you have been affected by a workplace data leak, we believe it is important for you to seek legal advice on your potential right to claim compensation. You could be eligible to recover thousands of pounds in damages, as the company may be at fault for allowing the leak to occur.
At Your Lawyers (t/a The Data Breach Lawyers), we have been representing clients for privacy matters since 2014, and have gained a wealth of expertise in data breach claims over the years. We can often offer No Win, No Fee representation to eligible claimants, so contact us today for free, no-obligation advice on your data leak case.
IMPORTANT: advice on this page is intended to be up-to-date for the 'first published date'.
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