You could be in line for compensation worth thousands if you have been a victim of the Simplify Conveyancing data breach.
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Data 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.
You could claim compensation worth thousands if your data was affected by the Simplify Conveyancing data breach that occurred in 2021.
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In November 2021, a group of conveyancing brands owned by the Simplify Group suffered a cyber attack which forced the company to take down multiple online systems. This meant buyers and sellers could not proceed or complete their transactions and it left them vulnerable to a further threat of a data breach. The attack impacted several sub-brands of Simplify including:
Customers of these brands were not made aware of the situation and left clueless as to why their transactions were indefinitely put on hold as Simplify attempted to restore its systems. A spokesperson for Simplify stated that the company has sufficiently restored its IT systems to allow customers to complete their property moves securely.
However, there have been concerns raised by people who have questioned why Simplify was unable to confirm how the incident occurred and whether any personal data was compromised. This is particularly worrying as anyone who has been affected by this incident will now be waiting on edge to learn whether or not they are victims of a serious breach of data.
If you have received confirmation that your data has been revealed by the Simplify Group, or you have a good reason to believe that this is the case, it is likely that you are eligible for compensation. Simplify has not yet said explicitly whether personal data was compromised during the cyber-attack, which is likely to cause a great deal of stress to those who have been left in the dark on if their data is now in the hands of criminals.
Given the nature of the brands involved in this breach, conveyancing and moving homes there is already a large amount of stress, and the process includes a lot of very personal data that would be valuable to the wrong type of people. The additional concern and frustration of wondering if their data has been exposed and if they need to take action to protect themselves further from fraud.
If you are a client of the Simplify Group, you should be especially vigilant of any emails, phone calls, or communication from anyone claiming to be a representative of the brand you went through for your conveyancing. This is because they could be attempts at ‘phishing attacks’ which are designed to get further information from you than what was initially taken in the breach, such as your credit card information.
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Any organisation which collects and stores your personal data has a legal obligation to keep it secure and out of the hands of unauthorised third parties like cyber criminals. The failure to uphold this obligation, for any reason, could mean that individuals who have had their data breached are entitled to start a claim for compensation.
By starting a data breach claim against Simplify you would not only be able to access the compensation you deserve but you can also hold the company accountable for their actions. Hopefully, this should encourage them to take the required steps to improve their security measures and their communication with customers, so if another incident occurred the response from them would be better and the situation handled more effectively.
If you suspect your data has been involved in a breach there are steps you can take to mitigate the risk of further fraudulent activity by hackers. This includes:
Changing your passwords- this is one of the first and easiest things you can do to protect your data. Ideally, you should use different passwords for every place your data is stored to reduce the risk of a hacker guessing your password.
Keeping your security software up to date- many providers now include options in their software to help protect users against fraud, so it is vital to have up to date security software.
If you think you may have a valid Simplify Conveyancing data breach claim then get in touch with us and we will put you in touch with data breach experts who will make enquiries regarding your claim and confirm whether or not you have a case worth pursuing.
We can put you in touch with legal experts who are putting together a group claim whereby the thousands of customers can be part of a collective claim for Simplify data breach compensation. Even if the breach has not led to any direct financial losses to you, you are still entitled to claim compensation for distress caused by the Simplify data breach.
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