If your data has been breached, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation, even if you did not suffer a financial loss.
We have specialist Solicitors who can help you to make a data breach claim.
Who can make a claim?
It doesn’t matter whether you are a company or an individual, if your data has been lost, stolen or sold you could be entitled to make a claim. You must be able to prove that you suffered because of the breach so that you can claim compensation.
Is there a deadline to make a claim?
You have six years from the date of the breach or date of knowledge of the breach, in which to make a claim. Do not delay in making your claim as the time limits are strict.
What type of data could be ?
Data incorporates several everyday pieces of information, and could include information such as:
- Name and address
- Bank details
- Credit card details
- Medical records (GP and hospital)
- Passport details
- Sensitive or protected information
How can data be breached?
Data can be breached in many ways. One of the most common reasons for a breach, is human error. People handle your data daily, and they could inadvertently send your information to the wrong recipient. Furthermore, humans can act maliciously, and obtain and use data for the incorrect reasons. An example of this could include an employee of an insurance company using the personal data of their customers to sell on to third party claims management companies.
Other examples of data breaches could include:
- Hacking a laptop or PC
- Sending a letter or email which includes personal data, to the wrong address/recipient
- The theft of a laptop or mobile device
- The use of malware or phishing emails
Which types of organisations could be responsible?
Your data is handled and processed by so many different organisations on a daily basis. Your data could be held and processed by any of the following organisations:
- Doctors’ surgeries
- Schools, universities, and nurseries
- Local authorities/local government
- Private companies
- Investment firms
- Brokerage firms
- E-money providers