A data breach is the accidental or deliberate release of secure or private/confidential data to an untrusted environment, without the permission of the individual.
Data can either be breached through reckless care for the storage of your data, for example not password protecting documents or sending your data to the wrong party, as well as through more targeted hacks and data thefts by cybercriminals.
If you have been the victim of a data breach, you may be entitled to compensation for the distress caused. Even if you are lucky and the breach does not result in any specific loss or damage, you are still rightly entitled by law to claim compensation for distress caused by the incident.
It is important that organisations treat your data lawfully, with care and respect, and are held to account when they fail to do so. If your personal data has been breached by any organisation then you may be able to bring a claim through our experienced team of legal professionals.
This will depend on a number of factors but your claim will be assessed on criteria such as:
The compensation you could receive could be in the region of £1,000 for less serious breaches up to £10,000 for very serious breaches.
You are able to ask the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to assess whether an organisation is guilty of a breach if this is suspected.
Most organisations have procedures in place to advise you when your data has been breached. If an organisation has advised you of a breach then enclose a copy of this evidence when sending your claim to us.
We will provide you with a free no obligation initial consultation.
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