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You could be in line for data breach compensation worth thousands if your data held by a genealogy company has been affected by a data breach 

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DNA Genealogy Data Breach

People have been tracing their ancestry for generations and previously had to rely on paper records, usually stored away at official record offices or available on microfiche or some other equivalent. The advent of DNA testing for genealogy purposes has meant that millions of people have shared their DNA, along with some of their personal details to DNA testing companies and databases, which they would hope would be securely stored.

However, as with any data that is held by an organisation, their systems need to be robust to ensure that the information they hold on individuals is adequately protected. Unfortunately, when it comes to DNA companies there have been several high profile instances of data breaches which has resulted in the details of their customers and members being less than secure.

Data breaches in this sector not only potentially open up your DNA profile to unauthorised parties but also personal details including home address, contact details and payment information. Having all of this information in the hands of someone who may seek to use it for illegal or malicious purposes can generate a great deal of distress in an individual, both mentally and physically. 

Has a DNA company leaked your information in a breach? Under the Data Protection Act of 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation, any company that takes your personal information and stores it is legally bound to keep it safe. When they break that duty, they become legally liable and potentially could face compensation claims from those that suffered as a result of their failure.


Can I claim compensation for a DNA Data Breach?

Here at Data Breach, we believe that the biggest obstacle to people fighting for justice is time and money, and offer to eliminate both elements from the compensation process. After giving us basic details of your case, we will see if you have a valid claim, and if so, introduce you to a specialist no-win, no-fee lawyer who will take charge of your claim. This means you will not have to pay a single penny if you do not win, so there is no risk involved. Any fees will only come out of the compensation you receive. 


How do you know if you’ve been subject to a data breach by a DNA company? There have been several high-profile, widely-affecting breaches of DNA companies in the past. DNA Diagnostic Centre, which had breaches affecting more than 2 million accounts, and MyHeritage, whose breach affected 92 million, plus Gedmatch also saw many of their members’ account permissions switched to make them ‘police accessible’. A quick online search of the company or companies you have used for DNA purposes will likely reveal if they have had a data breach as they are legally bound to announce a breach when it happens or may have suffered a heavy penalty or fine as a result or a breach.

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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.

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