Experiencing a data breach can be an extremely stressful and difficult time for any individual or business. If your personal information has been compromised, you may be entitled to compensation. But what are the chances of success in a data breach claim? And what steps can you take to improve those chances? The legal process can be complex and it is important to understand the likelihood of success in pursuing a claim.
In this guide, we will cover the key factors that can impact the success of a data breach claim, including the severity of the breach, the evidence available, and the legal requirements for making a claim. We will also explore common obstacles that can arise during the claims process and how to overcome them.
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How To Know Whether You Could Have A Chance Of Success In A Data Breach Claim
A data breach occurs when personal or sensitive information is accessed, disclosed, or stolen without authorisation. This can happen in a variety of ways, such as through hacking, phishing, or employee negligence. If you have been a victim of a data breach, you may be entitled to compensation under the Data Protection Act 2018, which encompasses the UK General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
To know whether you could have a successful data breach claim, you must meet certain eligibility criteria. Firstly, you must have suffered damage as a result of the breach, such as financial loss, reputational damage, or emotional distress. Secondly, the breach must be due to the wrongful actions of the data controller, such as a company or organisation that holds your personal information.
How Long Do I Have To Claim?
It is also important to note that there is a time limit for making a data breach claim. In the UK, the time limit under the Limitation Act 1980 is six years from the date of the breach. However, it is recommended that you seek legal advice as soon as possible to ensure that you do not miss the deadline. This is particularly important for claims involving human rights or public bodies, as you may only have a year to claim.
To determine whether you have a successful data breach claim, it is advisable to consult with a knowledgeable expert in data breach claims. They can assess your case and advise you on your eligibility to make a claim. Contact us today to speak with one of our experienced advisors and learn more about your options.
What Types Of Wrongful Action Could Lead To A Successful Data Breach Claim?
A data controller has a legal obligation to ensure that personal information is handled securely and lawfully. Any wrongful action by a data controller that results in a breach of personal information could lead to a successful data breach compensation claim. Here are some examples of the types of wrongful actions that could result in a successful claim:
- Failure to implement adequate security measures – A data controller has a duty to protect personal information and must implement reasonable and appropriate security measures to prevent unauthorised access, disclosure or loss of the data. If a data controller fails to implement adequate security measures and this results in a data breach, harming a claimant, a claim may be successful.
- Human error or negligence – Human error or negligence can also lead to data breaches. For example, if an employee of a data controller accidentally sends an email containing personal information to the wrong email address, harming the data subject this could result in a claim.
- Hacking or cyber attacks – If a data controller’s systems are hacked or subjected to a cyber attack, and personal information is compromised as a result, a claim may be successful if it can be demonstrated that the data controller did not have adequate security measures in place to prevent such attacks.
If you have suffered damage as a result of a data breach caused by any of these wrongful actions by a data controller, you may be entitled to compensation. It is advisable to seek legal advice from a knowledgeable expert in data breach claims to discuss your options. Why not call an advisor today?