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Cumbria Police Data Breach Compensation Claims

Last week, it was announced that Cumbria police had a data breach that occurred through human error. At data, we will provide further information about the breach, including how it happened, what personal data was affected and the steps Cumbria police have taken to address the incident.

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We also discuss the legislation in place to protect your personal data and the responsibilities certain parties have with regard to the processing of personal data, i.e. the handling and storage.

Furthermore, we look at the steps that could be taken if you are affected by a personal data breach, including when you could potentially be eligible to make a data breach compensation claim. 

Finally, we look at how a No Win No Fee solicitor, with experience handling data breach claims, could assist you.

Cumbria Police Data Breach - What Happened?

Last week, Cumbria police admitted to accidentally publishing the personal data of more than 2,000 employees. Although the breach originally happened in March, it was not made known to the public previously. It involved data being published online through human error. 

If you have been affected by the Cumbria police data breach, please contact an advisor to discuss the next steps you could potentially take.


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What Types Of Data Were Included In The Cumbria Police Data Breach?

The types of personal data, which is any information that can be used to identify you, included in the Cumbria police data breach include:

  • Names
  • Salaries
  • Allowances

It affected 1,304 police officers, 756 staff members and 52 police community support officers, including those in covert and sensitive roles.

If you have evidence that your personal data was compromised in the breach, and this caused you harm, contact an advisor to discuss the action you could potentially take.


Who Can Make A Data Breach Claim?

In order to have valid grounds to make a claim following a breach of your personal data, you must be able to prove:

  • There was a failure to adhere to the UK General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018 on the part of the data controller or data processor. The data controller sets the means and purpose for processing, whilst the data processor processes the data on their behalf. They must adhere to these data protection laws which protect the personal data of UK residents.
  • A breach occurred which compromised your personal data.
  • As a result of the personal data breach, which can be defined as a security incident affecting the availability, integrity, and confidentiality of your personal data, you suffered financial damage, emotional harm, or both.

Call an advisor on the number above to determine whether you could be eligible to seek compensation for a breach of your personal data.

Cumbria Police Response To The Data Breach

After becoming aware of the breach, the information was removed and all affected persons were contacted and informed that the impact of the breach was low and measures had been put in place to address the breach and ensure it didn’t happen again.

Additionally, the incident was reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the independent body responsible for upholding the rights of data subjects. The ICO has since assessed that no further action was required.


What Can Those Affected By The Cumbria Police Data Breach Do?

There are several steps that those affected by a data breach could take, including:

  • Contacting the organisation directly. Data controllers are required to notify you of a breach if it has put your rights and freedoms at risk. They must do so without undue delay. In some cases, they will send a letter of notification which may detail how the breach happened and what data was affected. If you have not received any such notification and you suspect that a breach has affected your personal data, contact the organisation via letter or phone. 
  • If you are not satisfied with the response an organisation provides, you can take your concerns to the ICO. 
  • Collect evidence if the breach has caused you mental harm, such as stress or anxiety. This could include copies of medical records.
  • Keep a record of any financial documentation to show any monetary losses incurred due to the breach, such as bank statements.
  • Seek legal advice from solicitors such as ours who have experience handling data breach claims.

For further guidance on the Cumbria police data breach, and the potential steps you could take if your personal data was affected and this led to you experiencing financial or emotional damage, call our team. To get in touch, you can:

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