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Greater Manchester Police Data Breach Compensation Claims

This is a helpful guide discussing the potential steps you could take if a Greater Manchester Police data breach were to occur. In some instances, you might have valid grounds to seek data breach compensation. However, certain criteria must be met in order for you to have valid grounds to proceed with a personal data breach claim. We discuss this in more detail throughout our guide.

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Data controllers are the party responsible for setting the means and purpose for processing your personal data and can process the data themselves. They are often an organisation, for example Greater Manchester Police. Data controllers might outsource the task of processing to a data processor who acts on the controller’s behalf. Both have a responsibility to protect your personal data. We discuss the legislation they must adhere to further on in our guide. 

If you have any questions about whether you could potentially seek compensation for a breach of your personal data, please reach out to us using the contact details below. We could connect you with a No Win No Fee solicitor if they find you have a valid claim. 

Who Could Make A Greater Manchester Police Data Breach Compensation Claim?

The Data Protection Act of 2018 (DPA) and the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) exist to protect the personal data of data subjects. They also set out the responsibilities data controllers and data processors have with regard to the handling, processing and storing of personal data. 

If either of these parties fails to comply with the DPA and UK GDPR, it could potentially lead to your personal data becoming compromised in a breach. A personal data breach can be defined as a security incident in which your personal data’s availability, integrity, or confidentiality is affected. This definition is provided by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), an independent body set up to uphold the information rights and freedoms.

It may be possible to begin a personal data breach claim following a police data breach if you can prove the following occurred:

  • There were failings by the data controller or data processor to comply with the UK GDPR and DPA.
  • Due to these failings, your personal data was compromised in a breach.
  • As a result of the personal data breach, you experienced financial loss, emotional damage, or both together.
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What Are The Time Limits For Data Breach Compensation Claims?

In addition to meeting the eligibility requirements mentioned above, you need to start your claim within the time limit for data breach claims. As per the Limitation Act 1980, you generally have 6 years to begin legal proceedings.

Please reach out to us if you would like further guidance on the eligibility criteria or time limits for data breach claims. You could be connected to one of our No Win No Fee solicitors who could help you with all aspects of the claims process, including gathering evidence to strengthen your case. 

Alternatively, please continue reading to find out what you could potentially do should there be a Greater Manchester Police data breach and if compensation could be sought.

Examples Of Data That Could Be Breached By Greater Manchester Police

Personal data is any information that can be used to identify you either directly or indirectly when used in conjunction with other information. Examples can include:

  • Contact Information – This can include your name, postal address, email address, and phone number. Human error could lead to this information being compromised in a breach. For example, if a mass email is sent but the Blind Carbon Copy (BCC) function isn’t used, it could mean your email address is visible to others. Alternatively, an email containing information about where certain agents are based, including those undercover, to those without authorisation. This could lead to stress and anxiety.
  • Special Category DataThis is a specific type of personal data that is given extra protection due to its sensitive nature. It can include personal data revealing your racial or ethnic origin or data concerning your health. This type of data could be found in your employment records, which if breached, could lead to you experiencing distress and anxiety. It can also include biometric data, where used for identification purposes, such as fingerprints, DNA, facial recognition scans. 
  • Criminal Offence DataThis is another specific type of data which is also given extra protection. It includes the personal data of offenders or suspected offenders in the context of proceedings, allegations, investigations and criminal activity. This could include a breach of a criminal record. If this is breached, it could have a far reaching affect on the data subject’s life. 

    Whilst the rules surrounding processing criminal offence data do not cover information relating to victims and witnesses, this is likely to be sensitive and controllers are required to take extra care when processing it. Failure to do so could create significant risks to the protection and wellbeing of victims and witnesses. 

If your personal data were to be affected should there be a Greater Manchester Police data breach, compensation could potentially be sought provided you meet the eligibility criteria. To find out more, please contact us on the number above.

What Should I Do If My Data Has Been Breached?

Data controllers must alert you without undue delay if a personal data breach has put your rights and freedoms at risk. They often do this via a letter of notification which informs you that a breach has occurred and what personal data was affected. You can keep hold of this letter as evidence to support your potential claim.

Additionally, data controllers must notify the ICO of a reportable data breach within 72 hours of discovery. If the ICO investigates, results from this investigation could be used to support your case.

There are also some steps you could take after being notified of a breach that has affected your personal data. For example:

  • Contact the relevant organisations – For example, if your bank details have been accessed, you should contact the bank immediately. 
  • Change passwords – This can help keep any accounts, such as your email and bank account, secure.
  • Keep a record of any financial losses – This could include bank statements and credit reports that show the financial impact a breach has had on you.
  • Request copies of your medical records – These can demonstrate the emotional harm you have suffered due to the breach.

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