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Data Breach Claims

Compensation For Data Breach Claims In The UK

New legislation about data protection came into force in the United Kingdom in May 2018. This law gives individuals more control over personal data and the type of data organisations can hold. The Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) include provisions for processing personal data of individuals within the European Economic Area.
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If any organisation that holds your data suffers a data breach, you can claim compensation for a data breach. You are eligible for data breach compensation when you have lost your data or such data is destroyed, disclosed or accessed in an unauthorised way – whether by accident or deliberately by any individual inside or outside the organisation. If you have suffered data loss, you should rely on a reputable and experienced team of solicitors like Angelus Law to claim compensation. Angelus Law is a firm of solicitors who specialise in Data Breach Claims. We employ some of the best solicitors in the industry. Our team is qualified to handle any type of data breach case in the United Kingdom. Here is why you need to rely on Angelus Law to get compensation for your data loss cases.

Any organisation that controls data should have the appropriate technical and organisational infrastructure to protect your data. They should obtain consent for its collections and disclose properly that they are collecting your data. That’s why you see so many pop-ups informing you that a website uses cookies to gather your data. Although the majority of businesses take the necessary steps to protect the data they collect, all organisations don’t do it. All business entities are not the same. If you lose data or someone misuses your data, and you suffer financial losses and distress, you can claim compensation for a data breach. Contact our expert solicitors to check if you can claim compensation for a data breach.

What Are Data Breach Claims?

Business, individuals and even governments can experience serious data breaches that can change the course of everything. It’s treated as a security incident where sensitive or confidential data is copied, stolen, viewed, transmitted or used by an unauthorised individual or organisation. Credit cards, bank account details, personally identifiable information (PII), personal health information (PHI), intellectual property, and trade secrets of businesses are some examples of data breaches.

Anyone can be at risk of a data breach, but what you do after the breach can help you overcome this situation. The expert solicitors at Angelus Law will help assess the circumstances and provide you with the best advice in your current situation. With their help, you can make a data breach claim to recover any financial loss or compensate you for any distress.

Types Of Data Breach Claims

The solicitors at Angelus Law are experts in dealing with any type of data protection breach cases. Our team can help you get the maximum amount of compensation for data protection breach for a wide range of privacy violations including where:

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Someone steals your identity to obtain a credit card fraudulently
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You inadvertently lose important data
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A third party gets your data without your permission
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Someone misuses your personal information
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Company data leaks due to whatever reason
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An organisation uses your confidential information for journalism without your permission

We have all the expertise and experience in the industry to get the best possible results for you. Our expert solicitors can help you to get back on your feet and keep you protected in the future. That’s why you need to call Angelus Law today for all your data protection breach claims.

Who Can Claim?

If you are a victim of a privacy violation due to an organisation or individual stealing your data, you have the right to claim compensation for data protection breach. There is a limitation period for claiming under the Data Protection Act of 2018. This period is six years currently. You should file a case before the limitation period.

How Can You Help Me?

If you want to claim for data breach compensation, call one of the expert solicitors at Angelus Law. Our experts will advise you whether you have a solid GDPR compensation claim. We will answer all the questions and go through your options with you.

To start the reclaiming process today, you can complete the contact form provided and we will be in touch or you can request a no-obligation free call back from our compensation solicitor by calling 0151 329 3660.

 

The Impact Of Data Breaches

We know that the full impact of a data breach is not apparent until months after the violation occurs. Financial losses will start to occur only between three to six months after the violation. The reason for this is the perpetrator doesn’t use your data right away. It’s batched and used over time.

The impact of data breaches can go much further than financial losses. We have seen many instances where data breaches result in adverse life events. Some examples are relationship stress, losing their job, dislocation from family and friends, and moving to a new home or area. All this can cause severe stress in you and lead to a diagnosable psychological injury. But this may happen only months after the breach.

If an organisation or individual didn’t protect your confidential data, you have the right to compensation for a data protection breach. The expert team of solicitors at Angelus Law can help you get the maximum amount of compensation for your losses. Call us today for all your data protection breach claims.

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Why Do Data Breaches Happen?

Every day, you probably read news about significant data breaches that happen at corporate or even government levels. Unauthorised parties, hackers, or cybercriminals have access to private and valuable information, causing millions of pounds worth of damage. A data breach can happen due to several reasons. 

Networks and technologies are evolving fast, allowing us to connect several devices together. However, security measures aren’t evolving as fast as these technologies, which is the main reason why data might be at risk. 

Having your personal data shared across multiple platforms creates more opportunities for data breaches. While this might be more convenient for users, it’s definitely risky, especially if you’re not careful about using and sharing your passwords. 

Accessing your mobile device on a public network, accessing your email on a shared computer, sharing your password with others, using the same password for multiple platforms, and not updating our security software programs can cause serious data breaches. 

Smart home products and applications can also be the reason why your data is compromised. While these technologies are highly beneficial, they might lack encryption and can be accessible to hackers.

Forgetting or misplacing your passwords is one of the most common reasons why your data might be breached. Some people make the mistake of choosing a weak password, so they can easily remember it. It’s recommended not to use a password that contains your name or date of birth. 

It’s also recommended not to use the same password across multiple platforms or devices. This will minimise the loss in case your data gets breached. 

Opening questionable emails or attachments can also put your data at risk. Phishing emails can jeopardise your safety and potentially allow access to all your private data.

You’re currently sharing your personal data with multiple entities and organisations. These may include your bank, utility company, landlord, doctor, dentist, favourite restaurant, streaming service, and employer. If any of these entities misused, misplaced, or lost your data, you’d be subject to a data breach. 

Intentional or unintentional attacks can cause data breaches. A person can deliberately share your personal data with someone who is not supposed to gain access to it. 

A company’s employee might share your personal data with someone else because they want to gain something in return. In the black market, cybercriminals will pay a lot for personal data like your passport number, driver’s license number, bank account details, or National Insurance number. 

Someone can also purposely access or share your data with the intent of causing harm. They can later ask for a ransom or use your data to gain financial gain by applying for a loan or using your credit card without permission. A malicious insider has easy access to your personal data and might be challenging to identify. 

An insider can also cause a data breach without any ill intention. A company’s employee can misuse or misplace your personal data without meaning to do so. Mixing up information or sending your private data to an unauthorised third party will get you into trouble. 

How Do I Know if I Have Been a Victim of a Data Breach?

You need to make sure that your personal data is only shared and handled by authorised and trustworthy parties. Any suspicious activity should be noticed, so you can act fast. Here are a few signs that you’re a victim of a data breach. 

  • You might be receiving receipts for transactions that you didn’t authorise, items you didn’t buy, or bills for services that you didn’t subscribe to. This might indicate that your credit card has been compromised or someone has access to your online banking account. 
  • You might see malicious activity on your social media accounts. Someone might be accessing your account from another device, contacting people and sending them inappropriate messages. 
  • You might be receiving emails and messages from organisations that you don’t deal with. There might be someone contacting them and doing transactions under your name. 
  • There’s suspicious activity on your banking account. Amounts of money might be debited or credited to your account without your knowledge. 
  • You might be receiving suspicious text messages on your phone that either request password resets or provide you with an OTP to make a purchase.

How Serious Can a Data Breach Be?

A data breach isn’t limited to losing access to your favourite streaming service or your social media account. The effect can be long-lasting and might extend to affect every aspect of your life. 

For business organisations, data breaches can have a serious effect on the company’s reputation and financial stability. People will associate the company with the incident of a data breach, and investors will lose confidence in this company.

As a result, current and potential investors won’t feel that their money is safe, and the whole financial situation of the organisation will be compromised. Even if the company has been improving its business operations, losing faith in how safe data will be will have a seriously negative impact on potential investments and revenues, regardless of the organisation’s actual performance. 

For government entities, highly confidential data can be exposed to foreign or private parties. Not only will this create a conflict of interest, but it can also complicate business and political deals, affect military operations, and the nation’s infrastructure. People who are involved in such incidents rarely recover from legal, political, and social consequences. 

For individuals, a data breach can literally destroy someone’s life. Data leaks can reveal everything and anything that has an impact on your financial, physical, and mental well-being. Here are a few consequences that you might experience if you’ve been a victim of a data breach. 

  • Identity theft is a significant threat. Someone can impersonate you and sign papers in your name. These can be legal contracts, bills, or even marriage certificates. If someone has access to your personal information and pretends to be you, you’ll be legally responsible for their actions, although you didn’t commit anything.
  • Exposing your personal information can jeopardise your financial stability. If someone pretends to be you, they can access your banking account, take loans, issue new credit cards, and make payments under your name. In the end, you’ll receive bills that you have to pay although you’re not the one who authorised the payments. 
  • Someone can use your name to commit a digital crime. If someone has access to your email account or social media account, they can contact others and send messages under your name. Anything included in these messages will be your responsibility. 
  • A person can commit a physical crime under your name. They can hurt someone, steal, or break the law in any way, and you’ll be legally responsible for their actions. 
  • If a person buys a property using your credit card or under your name, and something goes wrong, you’ll be responsible for any crime committed. 
  • It will be difficult to clear your name if someone has been using it during any authorised activity. This is especially important if you have a specific job or your current domestic situation obliges you to act in a specific way. 
  • Your personal information might lead to discrimination by a third party. Leaking personal information about your health, current marital status, sexual orientation, race, or religion can lead to emotional distress. 
  • Criminals will be willing to pay high amounts of money to gain access to your personal information. This includes everything from your National Insurance number to your banking information. They can engage in fraudulent activities under your name. 
  • Your credit can be ruined without you even knowing it. When it’s time to apply for a loan or a credit card, you might see that you’re not eligible because you have an outstanding debt that you’re not responsible for. 
  • You might lose government or health benefits because someone has been misusing your information. 

What Should I Do if I Have Been a Victim of a Data Breach?

The first thing that you should do is to think carefully about why your data was breached or leaked. Here is what you should do next. 

  • Contact the company or organisation that you think leaked your data. This company is legally responsible for protecting your data and should make sure that your data is safe. 
  • Physically secure your personal items. Make sure that your phone is safe and that your credit cards are where they are supposed to be. 
  • If you suspect that your banking information has been compromised, ask the bank to suspend your credit cards and stop any unauthorised recurring payments. Issue new credit cards and make sure that your pin codes are safe.
  • Choose strong passwords to access different accounts. Avoid using the same password, or a weak password that anyone can guess. 
  • Use a password manager to remember all your passwords. 
  • Install and update the security software on your laptop and mobile device. Make sure that you’re only accessing safe websites, especially if you’re using your credit cards for online payments. 
  • Avoid accessing your email, or social media account from a public or shared device. 
  • Don’t share private information when you’re using a public network. 
  • Use high-grade encryption when you’re sharing sensitive data. 
  • Follow multi-factor authentication when using social media accounts.

Can I Make a Claim for a Data Breach?

If you feel that your data has been compromised, you can apply for a data breach compensation claim. This is a claim that compensates you for any material or non-material damage that you might have endured because your data was leaked. 

According to the Data Protection Act, you have the right to have your data protected, not shared, and only accessed with your permission. You also have the right to erase or modify your personal data, limiting access to specific parties and on certain occasions. 

Any violation of these rights qualifies you for a data breach compensation claim. This claim is handled in court after you file an official complaint. 

At Angelus Law, you’ll have access to experts who can help assess your current situation and suggest the best possible action. After identifying the reason for the claim and the organisation or company responsible for the breach, the company’s experts will suggest the next best step.

In some cases, you might be able to reach a settlement with the organisation that leaked your personal data. Depending on the severity of the situation and the legal consequences, this might be the best option. 

If you’re unable to reach an agreement, the experts will follow up and take your case to court. By submitting all the necessary documents, including any communication you had with the company, you’ll have a good case in court. A judge will study your current situation and carefully assess it to decide on adequate financial compensation. 

This action will also be necessary if you need to clear your name. This will guarantee that you won’t be subject to any legal consequences if someone has committed crimes under your name. 

A serious matter

A data breach is extremely serious as you might have your personal data shared, misused or modified by someone who shouldn’t have access to it. The consequences can be mild or severe depending on the nature of data breached and who accessed it. At Angelus Law, you’ll have a team of solicitors who will be ready to study your situation and give you the best legal advice.

Get in touch today to see how we can help. Call us on 0151 329 3660