Data Violation and What You Can Do About It
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What Is a Data Violation?
Data violation is a form of security breach wherein one’s personal or private information is copied, stolen, used, or destroyed by an organisation or unauthorised individual. Whether it be unintentional or otherwise, such violations may cause reputational damages, financial loss, or, in severe cases, identity theft.
One of the most significant cases of data violation and theft happened with British Airways in September 2018. According to reports, unidentified hackers stole the user data of approximately 500K individuals registered in BA’s system, including names, addresses, card and booking details, and the like .
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK’s official data protection regulatory body, found that this was caused by inadequate security management. British Airways was fined a massive fee of £20 million due to their negligence.
How Do I Know if I Have Been a Victim of a Data Violation?
Data violation includes several different aspects. Many of those who are unfortunately affected by such cases have their names, social security numbers, and banking and/or credit info used for nefarious purposes.
If you’re not quite sure if you’re a victim of a data violation, here are some other instances that fall under this category:
- Leakage of financial information including Personal Health Information (PHI), Personally Identifiable Information (PII), and any other documents that directly impact your business or place or work
- Unauthorised access to personal computers, laptops, mobile devices, SSDs, and USB drives
- Loss and/or theft of hard copy documents, whether it be unintentional or otherwise
- Selling or distribution of personal information to other companies and websites without your consent
- Release of sensitive information that could potentially ruin your reputation
- Theft of intellectual property
- Anything related to data privacy violation
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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.
What Should I Do if I Have Been a Victim of a Data Violation?
Being a victim of data violation is increasingly worrying and more often than not, directly impacts your financial status.
The first thing you need to do if you believe you’re a victim of a data violation, according to the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office, is to contact the company or organisation that caused such an incident.
In some instances they may seek to rectify or compensate you for such violation. We’d suggest that your chances of securing a better level of compensation would be if you let us handle it on your behalf.
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How Dangerous Can a Data Violation Be?
The dangers of data violation differ from case to case. In situations such as accidental breaches or data loss, some of the biggest hurdles companies commonly face is the loss of customer trust and massive financial fees.
Those who are directly affected might have to deal with monetary loss, strained relationships, ruined reputations, and both physical and emotional stress.
Can I Make a Claim for a Data Violation?
If you believe that your data has been used or violated, whether it be by accident or otherwise, you can absolutely claim for a data violation, most likely under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
You’re entitled to compensation if the following occurred:
- Data protection negligence by an organisation
- Material damage caused by data violation
- Non-material damage, or if you’ve suffered from any form of emotional distress
- Leakage (accidental or otherwise) of personal and/or private data
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If you believe you’re a victim of a data violation, we strongly advise you to contact Angelus Law so we can help you in such a stressful time. Our experts will review your claim, and from there we’ll be able to handle everything on your behalf.
 ICO fines British Airways £20m for data breach affecting more than 400,000 customers. ICO