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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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What Is Data Protection?

Data protection is the legal utilisation of your data while ensuring your privacy and safety. Anyone who possesses data of people, aside from one’s own household, is responsible to comply with the Data Protection Act (DPA) and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), or else, they’ll be held accountable by law.

For the government, data protection would mean safeguarding your information. Its role is to keep it safe from any loss, or corruption.

Data protection is a guarantee that your rights are reserved. With that in mind, a relationship built on confidence can be created between you and organisations. It’ll allow you to accept and support the use of your data in public, or private sectors which will be beneficial to both parties involved.

Not to mention, because of the internet, your data flows easily beyond borders’ limits. So, even trade and cooperation on international levels rely fully on Data Protection. 

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What Can You Do If Your Data Protection Is Breached?

First, you’ll need to find out what kind of data has been affected, and what steps the organisation plans on taking to help you. If the association fails to repair the damage or to give you compensation for the damage done, then, you can reach out to Data Breach Claims.

Data Breach Claims will connect you with the kind of expertise the situation calls for. It’ll put you in contact with claims experts who will act as an intermediary between you and the company being claimed against.

You can also report your case to the ICO who will investigate the matter and potentially fine the organisation. They won’t give you compensation, but their findings and assertions will help the matter greatly.

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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

What Are Data Protection Breaches?

If your data is breached, that means that your personal information has been accessed, altered, lost, destroyed, or shared with an unauthorised person without your consent. It’s basically a failure of the system that is intended to protect. That could happen to individuals, companies, or even the government itself.

How Do Data Breaches Happen?

Data breaches are carried out by cybercriminals, they can do it by accessing the data directly through a company’s computer or they can do it remotely. That can be done by tricking an employee into giving their login credentials. After that, a cybercriminal can attack the company’s network and access the data desired.

Another form of breaching can simply be due to an employee accessing information without authorisation. Even if they mean no harm, viewing such data is considered a breach.

Breaching can also be a result of the theft of a laptop or confidential papers, or even someone mistakenly sending data to the wrong person.

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 disclosedn
  • 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 Is Considered Personal Data?

Personal data is a really broad term. Any data that can make you identifiable is considered personal. If it conveys physical, physiological, genetic, mental, commercial, cultural, or social identity, then it’s to be protected.

For instance, your name, telephone number, address, bank account information, National Insurance number, number plate, appearance could all be considered personal data.

What Is Sensitive Personal Data?

Your religious beliefs, race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, political opinions all fall under the term “sensitive data”. Genetic, biometric, and health information are considered with the same levels of delicacy.

These are all data that can cause you to suffer harm or prejudice. This is why this kind of information is subject to higher levels of protection.

What Are My Rights When It Comes to My Personal Data?

You have the right to give consent or refuse the utilisation of your data. Also, you can withdraw such consent at any time. Your data should be used transparently and lawfully only. You get to know how it is being used, or what it’s used for. Lastly, you can require that inaccurate data be rectified.

What Are the Dangers of a Personal Data Breach?

If the issue isn’t handled promptly, and with the degree of expertise needed, the situation could have unfavourable aftermath. The adverse reaction could bring about emotional distress due to loss of privacy and the infringement on one’s rights. Or, its effect can be further reaching; it can be a precursor of identity theft, fraud, discrimination, tarnishing of reputation, or financial loss.

When Can I Make a Data Protection Breach Claim?

If you suffer any damage whether it’s material, or emotional because of a data protection breach, then you have a right to make a claim and require compensation.

What Is a Data Protection Breach Compensation Amount?

The amount varies depending on many factors:

 

  1. How sensitive the data in concern is
  2. How bad the infringement is 
  3. The number of unauthorised people to access your data
  4. The length of time between the breach and you being informed
  5. How severe the impact is on you 

When a court assesses the damage caused by a breach, they will decide if it’s a low-risk case or one that brought on serious damage. You will then get a data protection breach compensation that ranges between hundreds or even thousands of pounds.

What Is the Law that Protects My Personal Data?

The Data Protection Act of 2018 determines how organisations, institutions, and the government are to employ your data. It states that your data should only be used when necessary, and should be kept no longer than that. 

Lastly, their purposes should always be explicit and lawful. And it’s their responsibility to ensure your personal and sensitive data don’t fall in the wrong hands.

What Is GDPR?

GDPR is short for General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It’s a privacy and security regulations that all organisations must follow. 

Can GDPR Fine a Company that Breaches My Personal Data?

Yes, under GDPR a company can be fined for violating the regulations, and the fines are really high. The penalties max out at 20 million pounds or 4% of global revenue, whichever is higher.

What Does the GDPR Say About Personal Data Breach Compensation?

Article 82 of the GDPR states that: ‘Any person who has suffered material or non-material damage as a result of an infringement of this Regulation shall have the right to receive compensation from the controller or processor for the damage suffered.’

How to Protect Yourself from Personal Data Breaches?

Thousands of data breaches happen every year. The internet, in particular, made it ten times easier to get hacked. So, how can you keep your data safe?

 

  1. Don’t open random unsafe links. Some hackers send links in the guise of antivirus software that you download then get hacked.
  2. Change your passwords regularly, and choose strong ones. If you notice logins from different devices or any suspicious activity in your account, immediately change your passwords. Also, try not to use the same password for all your accounts. That would make it easy for a cybercriminal to access all your accounts in no time.
  3. The same goes for your bank account. Always be alert to any transactions or any activity you’re not responsible for in your account. 
  4. If you feel that you’ve been hacked, check data breach websites. It’ll identify any data breaches.

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