Data Theft Claims In The UK
On an individual level, data theft can cause a lot of material and non-material damage. This is why it’s essential to understand how it happens and how to act when it does.
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What is Data Theft?
Data theft refers to the act of stealing digital data stored on computers, electronic devices, servers, or networks. The purpose is to compromise privacy, obtain sensitive information, or cause material and non-material damage.
The data stolen can be anything from your banking account information, online passwords, subscription information, passport number, driver’s licence number, and medical records. When an unauthorised person has access to your personal data, your digital presence will be compromised because someone can delete, alter, or prevent access to your data without your permission.
How Dangerous Can Data Theft Be?
Cybercrimes like data theft are extremely serious because in some cases, they can go undetected. Someone might be using your name to commit crimes by having access to your personal information.
In some cases, someone might have access to your financial information and withdraw money from your bank account or issue a new credit card that you don’t know of. Material damage includes loss of money, loss of access to benefits, and ruining your credit.
The non-material damage can include putting you under legal responsibility for committing a crime that you don’t know of. You could be accused of fraud or any other legal crime because someone has a fake ID that carries your details.
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How Does Data Theft Happen?
Relying on digital data is increasing across various industries and platforms. This means that lots of companies, organisations, and institutions have access, store, and share your personal data.
Although this is done to make your life easier, it also increases the risk of data theft that might have serious legal consequences. Data theft can happen for various reasons.
- Mishandling information by losing documents or sharing them with the wrong parties.
- Incompetent employees who don’t know how to handle sensitive information.
- Using credit cards and debit cards on suspicious websites.
- Accessing phishing emails that can allow hackers to hack your computer and any private data stored on it.
- Using weak or similar passwords across multiple platforms.
- Lack of a proper cybersecurity system in the company that handles your data.
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How Do I Protect Myself from Data Theft?
While there’s no way you can completely eliminate the risk of data theft, you can do a few things to protect your sensitive information and make sure that they don’t fall into the wrong hands.
- Use credit and debit cards with pin and chip technology.
- Avoid opening suspicious email attachments.
- Use a password manager to create strong and different passwords across multiple platforms.
- Update the antivirus on your computer and any other electronic device that you use to check your bank account or make online payments.
- Check your credit card and savings account statements for any unauthorised purchases or any suspicious activity.
- Request 2-factor authentication to access your social media accounts and email accounts.
- Avoid using your email, sharing private information, or making online payments from a shared device or on a public network.
What Should I Do if I Have Been a Victim of Data Theft?
Unfortunately, you might not be able to know that your data has been stolen, unless the organisation that handles your data notifies you, or a seriously suspicious activity caught your attention. In this case, you should notify the authorities as soon as possible. You should also ask this organisation about any anti-theft measures that have been taken to secure your data.
If you suspect that your financial information has been jeopardised, you need to cancel all your credit and debit cards immediately. You should also secure all your emails and social media accounts by updating your passwords. Having your computer and any other electronic device scanned is recommended because you’ll be able to detect if someone has been accessing your private data.
You can also contact Angelus Law, where a team of qualified solicitors will be able to help you make the best of your situation. Data theft can cause a lot of legal, financial, and emotional distress, and the experts will advise you on what to do next. You can also see if you have the right to a data theft claim.
Can I Make a Claim for Data Theft?
A data theft compensation is granted to compensate for any financial, legal, or emotional damage that you have endured because your personal data has been compromised, edited, lost, or misused. You have a right to claim a data theft compensation if a company or organisation leaked your data intentionally or unintentionally.
At Angelus Law, there are experts who can help assess your current situation and negotiate with the company that leaked your data to reach a settlement. If this doesn’t work, your designated solicitor will take your claim to court. The amount of money granted as data theft compensation depends on a number of factors including the nature of data stolen and the extent of the damage.
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In today’s world, protecting yourself from data theft is crucial as it might affect every aspect of your life. If you feel that your data was stolen or mishandled, you need to act fast. Contact Angelus Law, and an expert will help you out and suggest the best action plan in your current situation to help get you the maximum amount of compensation.
 The Hiscox Cyber Readiness Report 2020. Hiscox