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The biggest data breachesData breaches have been increasing both in terms of number and the amount of people affected. Many big companies have been affected resulting in some very large scale breaches and compensation pay outs.

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Ticketmaster

  • £4,000+ Typical claim value
  • Number of records compromised

    40,000

  • Date

    Between February and June 2018

What happened?

A hack occurred in which the personal and financial details of Ticketmaster customers were stolen by cyber criminals. The information stolen by the hackers was all information that, in the wrong hands, could be misused for fraudulent purposes.

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Virqin media

  • £5,000 Typical claim value
  • Number of records compromised

    900,000

  • Date

    Between April 2019 – 28 February 2020

What happened?

A Virgin Media database containing the personal details of 900,000 people was left unsecured and accessible online for 10 months.

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EasyJet

  • £4,000+ Typical claim value
  • Number of records compromised

    100,000+

  • Date

    2020

What happened?

You could claim compensation worth thousands if your data was affected by the EasyJet hack that occurred in 2020.

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Compensation for loss and distress following a breach

If you have been part of a data breach you might think that you can only claim compensation if you have suffered a financial loss, but this is not the case. For many people, a breach of their data can result in a significant level of emotional distress depending on what information was compromised. You are entitled to make a claim for data breach distress compensation even if you have not had any financial loss and we can help.

Our team can put you in touch with expert data breach solicitors who can investigate your claim and determine if it is worth pursuing. So, even if you think a breach you have experienced is not very serious it is still worth contacting us and checking as you could experience repercussions from it further down the line. You might not even know for sure that your data has been breached but if you suspect it has and are feeling stressed or anxious our experts can confirm whether or not you have been a victim of a breach.

When pursuing GDPR compensation for distress there are some key things to be aware of. These include:

  •       You can make a claim as long as the loss of data or breach can identify you. It does not necessarily have to be your name or address that has been breached. Each case will be taken on the individual circumstances.
  •       The distress must be more than minimal, meaning there must be genuine cause for concern about the loss or breach of your data.
  •       For example, if there has been a loss of credit card details and the card is in joint names, despite the fact that the main card holder might claim the joint card holder can claim as they also can be identified.

 

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How can a data breach affect you?

Some smaller breaches might not cause you any concern if not much personal data has been accessed and you don’t experience any further fraudulent activity such as phishing attacks. However, in situations where a lot of or more sensitive personal data has been breached you can suffer a great deal of distress. For example, if your medical information, details about your sexual orientation, banking data etc can cause considerable concern and anxiety on how that information can be used and how you will be affected from that breach.

Anxiety and stress can also manifest into physical symptoms such as lack of sleep, headaches, mood swings, loss of appetite etc. If you have suffered symptoms like these you might have had to take time off work and your relationships may have faced some negative effects. This will all be taken into account when you are making your claim for data protection act damages for distress as the breach has adversely impacted your everyday life, rights and freedom, which is discussed in the GDPR.

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Data breach in figuresClaims on data breach incidents are happening every day

  • 51%

    Of consumers expect financial compensation if their information is lost or stolen

  • 99%

    Of UK citizens have had a data breach and can claim thousands of pounds in compensation

    The UK has a population of nearly 70 million people

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  • 88%

    Of data breaches in the UK are said to be due to human error and warrant compensation

Key examples of distress compensation cases

Watford Community Housing Trust

In 2020 a member of staff made an error at Watford Community Housing Trust that led to the sharing of thousands of tenants sensitive personal data. The information was leaked in an email sent out to all tenants that was intended to inform them of changes in their services during the coronavirus pandemic. This was a serious error which, due to the nature of the company in providing housing, potentially to people in vulnerable situations, could have had significant repercussions for the residents.

For example, if a resident is part of the housing trust due to being placed in a witness protection programme or similar to avoid an abusive ex-partner, the leaking of their sensitive data could put them in danger. This is an extreme example, but it could have occurred and there would be a lot of stress and worry for the residents on that data being breached. Also, the tenants sexual orientation and religion were revealed which could lead to negative prejudice and mistreatment and again cause severe negative emotions and affect their day-to-day life.

Hockley Medical Practice

During a hacking incident at Hockley Medical Practice the medical data of thousands of patients could have been accessed by cybercriminals. After the breach, some patients reported that they were contacted by fraudulent criminals through fake emails pretending to be the NHS attempting to gain more personal information with suspicious links. This in itself could cause distress for patients as if the emails looked legitimately from the NHS they may have thought something was wrong and followed the links. 

Another concern if the cybercriminals had seen the patient’s medical records they could become aware of which patients were more vulnerable for further crimes such as a burglary of their home. There would be a lot of worry and anxiety when it comes to medical details being compromised, even if nothing does occur there is a chance that it could and someone you don’t know has seen your most sensitive information relating to your health which alone is extremely unsettling.

 

Has any of the following ever happened to you? Read carefully as we don't want you to miss out

  • Your data was lost, stolen or hacked
  • Your data was inaccurately stored or out-of-date
  • Your data was held longer than required
  • Your data was used outside of its stated purpose
  • Your data was made public
  • Your data was disclosed without your express permission
  • Your data was maliciously disclosed
  • Your data was used to obtain credit cards fraudulently

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Frequently asked questions & Useful InfoQuestions we are frequently asked by our users

What evidence can you provide to support your claim for distress?

When making a claim for data breach distress compensation it can be more difficult to demonstrate than proving a financial loss where you can show what has been taken from your account. If your experience of distress from a data breach is serious and you want to make a claim some evidence that could help your chances of it being successful include, medical evidence such as doctors appointments and medication prescribed for sleeping or to reduce anxiety, a written note from your doctor, documented time off work and sick pay, and any other documentation that could show the impact the breach has had in your life.

 

How likely is it that I'll be able to claim for distress?

Data breaches have become more and more frequent as companies regularly hold personal data about you. Having that data breached can be highly stress inducing and you should be able to hold the organisation accountable and claim the compensation you deserve. Contact us today and we will put you in touch with specialist data breach solicitors who can help validate and pursue your GDPR compensation for distress. 

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