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Breach of Data in the Workplace Claims

A breach of sensitive data in the workplace can be emotionally turbulent and even financially devastating. Has this happened to you? You may be entitled to financial compensation if there has been a data protection breach at work that resulted in your personal data being at risk.

If you have questions about what a breach of data in the workplace is, the data breach claims process, and whether you qualify for a personal data breach claim, this page is for you. We can supply you with a no-win no-fee lawyer who will work with you in gathering together your evidence to support your workplace data breach claim.

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What is a Breach of Data in the Workplace?

A breach of data in the workplace happens when data of a personal or sensitive nature belonging to an employee is made available to unauthorised parties, whether accidentally or even intentionally/maliciously.

Some personal data breach examples in the workplace include:

  • Employees access your private information by accessing channels they shouldn’t be able to get into. 
  • Employees give out sensitive information to another without permission. 
  • Employees who are authorised accidentally allow the information to be seen by unauthorised parties.
  • Authorised parties email sensitive data to unauthorised parties. 
  • A hacker accessing your information through a cyber attack
  • Loss or theft of devices that store your data


Whilst many of these breaches vary in levels of legal responsibility on behalf of the company, they are still held legally liable under data protection law. Under UK GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), some organisations, including those that are public authorities and those that handle large-scale processing of certain types of sensitive information, must appoint a Data Protection Officer with responsibility for data protection, including internal employee personal data.

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Personal Data Breach Examples in the Workplace

Take a look at the following types of personal data that could result in a breach of the Data Protection Act if leaked:

Personal Identification Information (PII) – This refers to basic information that identifies who you are. This can be anything from names, addresses, and national insurance numbers.

Financial Information – A leak of salary information, or even credit card details, can cause a massive amount of anxiety, or even cause the souring of interpersonal relationships within the office.

Health Records – Details about your health could result in consequences if there was ever an employer data breach. Some consequences may be embarrassment, for example, if you had a medical condition that you would have preferred to remain private.

Employment Records – This could include a large number of documents, such as performance reviews and any punitive measures.

Intellectual Property – Information that is kept secret to give the company a competitive edge. This could include unique marketing strategies, or even custom-built software that opens up new possibilities.

Communication Data – Forms of communication, such as email sent between authorised individuals, that are intercepted, or sent to the wrong location, and are exposed to unauthorised parties have the potential of massive harm in the workplace. For example, if someone had a disciplinary or dismissal due, this could give the suspected party the ability to cause sabotage to the company.

Customer data – Protecting the customer’s private information is one of the biggest responsibilities of workers within a company. Failure to do so could lead to the affected company massive consequences, including a loss of trust within the company.

Supplier Data – Supplier data is considered to be nearly as important as customer data for the company, as failure to keep their information private could result in similar consequences, meaning the supplier may blacklist your company.

Am I eligible to claim for a data protection breach at work?

There is a simple way to determine whether you are eligible for a data breach compensation claim for a workplace breach of your personal data.

If you look above and are unsure if any of the breach examples apply to you, then the surefire way to find out whether or not you qualify is to contact us. Click on the “Start Your Free Data Breach Claim” button, and you will be asked to fill out a simple form that will take less than sixty seconds. Then you just need to wait for one of our specialist data breach solicitors to contact you.

Our specialist contacts work on a no-win, no-fee basis, and there is absolutely no obligation if you no longer wish to pursue personal data breaches and claims with us. On top of that, if you are successful with a claim, your legal fees will be a pre-agreed percentage of your compensation amount. This is a hassle-free way to pursue the justice that you deserve under data protection laws.

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