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The Best Way to Handle a Charity Data Breach

Data breaches are far more common in businesses than they are in charities. Furthermore, compromised data in companies is often the result of a cyberattack, whereas, in charities, data is more commonly lost due to carelessness.  

Even though the reported charity data breach incidence is not too numerous, the magnitude of some of them has been pretty alarming. Here’s what to do in the unfortunate event of finding out that your personal information held by a charity has been compromised. 


What Exactly is a Charity Data Breach?

Data is commonly lost in one of two ways: through cyberattacks or through mishandling. The first type is often seen with big corporates, where the personal information of users could be utilised in financial fraud. 

The second type is associated with failure to store data properly, including the careless handling of paper documents. Occasionally, internal data breaches occur when the users’ information is sold or disclosed to a third party. A much less frequent occurrence is when said data is made public inadvertently. 

Charities usually face data breaches caused by carelessness, although there have been a couple of significant incidents where a cyberattack affected hundreds of organisations. It’s worth noting that the charities mostly targeted by cyber-attacks are those working in healthcare or education. 

The ICO report for the last year hasn’t highlighted much non-compliance among charities. And we haven’t seen outrageous fines similar to the ones businesses had to pay. However, the possibility for data breaches is always there, and there’s no reason to assume that they would go unnoticed.  

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Peter is a solicitor who has worked as a professional litigator for 3 years. More recently Peter has specialised in data breach compensation claims and over the last 2.5 years has gained a wealth of knowledge in this sector. Peter now works with us to share his knowledge and inform the general public.

Frequently Asked Questions

GDPR regulations stipulate that if you trust any party with your data, and it gets lost, destroyed, or stolen, then you have the right to receive fair compensation. 

Throughout the past few years, we’ve seen companies paying millions of pounds in damages and compensation. These figures were not as familiar in the domain of charities though. 

The vicious cyberattacks on business often target the personal and financial data of users. The sheer bulk of the available database makes these companies the proverbial jackpot for hackers. Charities are usually much smaller in size, and their databases contain different types of information. 

The cyber attacks on charities are thus driven by a different motivation. Sometimes it’s the acquisition of private medical records, which are sold in dark web markets. Other times it’s the detailed information on philanthropists, which facilitates defrauding well to do people in what appears to be benign donations. 

Whether the data was lost through incompetence, failure to secure the digital information, or by unlawful disclosure, you’re entitled to compensation. And to receive it, you’d need to make a claim for damages. 

The best course of action is to seek specialised legal services from trusted solicitors. If they have a proven track record in resolving such matters, then you’re in good hands.  

Through Data Breach Breach Claims, we’ll put you in touch with solicitors who will provide you with a free consultation, and if you have a claim worth pursuing, will work for you on a no win, no fee basis. You won’t need to pay anything for their legal services until you receive your compensation. If your data loss incident has merit, then they’ll work for you to secure you the right outcome. 

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