You could be in line for compensation worth thousands if you have been a victim of a data breach
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All too often, the security of your information is not adequately protected. Poor cyber security or even human error have frequently resulted in data breaches by private companies which could have resulted in losses or distress for which compensation could be claimed.
Confidentiality, Availability, and Integrity are the three types of data breaches that you can claim compensation against. They are explained in the following:
Confidentiality Breach – Confidentiality breaches occur when an unauthorised party gains access to your records without permission. The disclosure of private information to illegitimate personnel can be distressing even if no physical harm comes of it. For example, if a family member were to receive your patient records and find out that you have an illness you were keeping quiet.
Availability Breach – Availability breach refers to breaches that result in a loss of availability of information. This can be due to restrictions being placed by the hacker or the outright destruction of your information. This failure can not only bring a great deal of stress, but it can also inhibit the owner if that information is something they need access to. For example, plenty of businesses use Google Drive to store valuable documents. If a thief was able to destroy those documents, then a business could face destruction.
Integrity Breach – This occurs when a private company itself makes changes to personal data unauthorised, resulting in the loss of information. This can cause a great deal of distress, but it can also cause irreversible damage if you need the files. For example: if a company were to change your address as a result of a fraudulent email, and someone else got your packages.
There are no set time limits for any case. Any number of things can happen in the process of a court case that may elongate or shorten the process. The following far determine the most amount of time:
Acceptance of Liability – If a private company fights liability, they are fighting legal responsibility for the data breach. The court would then have to spend time determining who is legally responsible.
Suffering – If you’ve been highly negatively affected by the circumstances, you may find that your case is quickened. For example, if you have lost a substantial amount of money that you need, a decision will have to be made by the court in order to meet your needs. This isn’t a guarantee that you’ll win, of course.
Single or Group Action – Entering into a group action will mean cases may go on for a long while. After all, it’s not just one case but a large batch of them all at once.
Regardless, these companies have the legal duty to secure your information. Here at Data-Breach, we try to provide the most stress-free process for getting you justice as possible. Please contact us today to speak to specialists, and you may find yourself with thousands in compensation.
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