Welcome to Data Breach Law!
Our page is dedicated to informing you all about data breach claims. We have a host of guides that you can browse on all manner of data breach cases, including local council data breaches and NHS data breaches, plus details on the role of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and crucially, how you can take advantage of our No Win No Fee service to make a data breach claim yourself.
What Is A Data Breach?
You may have received a letter from an organisation, such as your local GP, informing you that some of your personal data may have been breached or wrongly disclosed to a third party without your consent.
A number of questions may pop into your mind, such as:
- What is a data breach?
- How has my private data been breached?
- Can I claim for a data breach?
- How much is a data breach claim worth?
Such questions are entirely understandable, and on our website, you’ll find the answers to all of them. However, let’s answer that first question here.
A data breach is a release of private and confidential information to a third party without your consent. A data breach could arise because of a mistake, such as your local council posting a letter containing sensitive information to the wrong address, or it could arise because of a cyberattack.
Data breaches are becoming more and more common. Given the amount of personal data that companies and organisations hold, it’s inevitable that breaches will happen. Let’s look at some examples:
- The NHS has fallen under the spotlight in recent years for a number of significant data breaches. One of them was the 56 Dean Street Clinic leak in which the confidential HIV status of close to 800 patients was leaked in an email by mistake.
- Similarly, the NHS came under fire for disclosing the email addresses of 2,000 gender identity patients by mistake. And the mistake was a simple one—a failure to include the email addresses as ‘blind copy’.
- British Airways has been fined heavily in the past few years. In 2019, the ICO fined British Airways £183m for breaches of data and a further £20m in October 2020 for failing to protect the personal and financial details of more than 400,000 of its customers.
- The Marriott Hotel was fined £99m for failing to protect more than 300 million people’s data, which was compromised in a hack of its global database. Credit card details, passport numbers and dates of birth were all compromised.
Can I Claim For A Data Breach?
Yes. We place our trust in organisations to protect our data when we agree to disclose it to them. We expect these organisations to have safe systems in place, especially in light of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018, which implements GDPR into UK law.
The harm a data breach can cause could be significant. You may be subject to identity theft, experience anxiety and emotional distress, as well as suffering financial losses. And these impacts can have a knock-on effect on the rest of your life, potentially impacting your working life and your relationships with family and friends. A data breach is essentially the modern-day equivalent of being robbed or burgled.
The amount of compensation you receive will depend on the severity of the breach and how it impacted you.
Our expert team is on hand to discuss your case with you and offer you all of the free legal advice and support you need, with absolutely no obligation to proceed with a claim. We understand how stressful breaches of privacy may be, and know that we’re here to help you.
Make A No Win No Fee Data Breach Claim
We believe in access to justice and to achieve that, we offer all of our clients the ability to pursue a data breach claim on a No Win No Fee basis.
This means that should your lawyer fail in recovering compensation, you won’t have to pay any of their fees. You also won’t have to pay any upfront fees or any fees while the case is ongoing.
The only instance you will pay a fee is if your claim succeeds. In such circumstances, your lawyer will deduct a small fee from the compensation award to cover their own costs. This fee is capped by law so you needn’t worry about losing a large portion of your compensation.
Get Free Legal Advice Today
Our expert and friendly team are on hand to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. They can give you all the free legal advice and support you need, and if you don’t wish to proceed with a claim, there’s no obligation on your part to do so.
You can get in touch by:
- Calling us on 0800 408 7827
- Contact us with details of your case by clicking here.
- Or you can speak to us via our live chat feature, which you can find in the bottom right corner of your screen.
You can check out more of our guides below: