Personal Data: Do You Know Your Rights?
How much do you know about personal data and your legal rights?
According to recent research by security software company, Egress, only 67% of UK consumers are aware that they have the right to take legal action against an organisation who exposes their personal data in a data breach.
The survey also found that 47% of UK consumers said they would join a class-action lawsuit against an organisation who had leaked their data.
Because of this, 91% of organisations are using cyber insurance to protect themselves against class action and GDPR fines.
If your data’s been breached and you’d like to find out more about making a claim for compensation, get in touch with our Data Breach Solicitors for a free case assessment.
Class Action and GDPR Explained
GDPR was added to the Data Protection Act 2018, which sets out strict rules that organisations must follow when handling personal data.
Personal data is any sensitive information that can be used to identify a person, including details such as their:
- Contact details
- Bank details
Organisations must make sure that any personal data they hold is kept secure and only for as long as necessary. It must also only be used for specified, lawful purposes.
If an organisation breaches GDPR and a customer’s personal data is put at risk, the company could face lawful action being taken against them.
We’re beginning to see a rise in class action cases being brought against organisations accused of breaching GDPR, with recent examples including Google and TikTok.
A class action claim is when someone brings a claim on behalf of what can be up to millions of people. To meet the requirements, all claimants must have experienced the exact same wrongdoing in the same way.
In England and Wales, class action data breach claims usually work on an ‘opt-in’ basis, meaning that anyone wanting to join the claim must actively opt in.
Current Data Breach Claims we’re supporting with
Pembroke College Data Breach
Pembroke College alumni could make a claim for compensation after sensitive personal data was leaked.Read More
Moss Bros Group Data Breach
We’re helping current and former Moss Bros employees claim compensation after their personal data was exposed in a recent data breach.Read More
Arup Data Breach Claims
If you were employed at Arup any time after November 2018, you could claim compensation for a recent ransomware attack that left personal employee data exposed.Read More
FatFace Data Breach
The personal data of both customers and employees of FatFace could be at risk after a targeted criminal attack took place in January. Find out more about making a claim.Read More
DivideBuy Data Breach
We’re helping DivideBuy customers claim compensation after their personal data was exposed in a data breach. See if you can make a claim.Read More
How Do I Claim Data Breach Compensation?
Whether you’ve been contacted directly to say that your data’s been breached by an organisation, or you’ve seen that they’ve been involved in a data breach, you might be eligible to make a claim.
You can use our free data breach checker or speak to one of our specialist Data Breach Solicitors to check your eligibility. We’ll look at your case in detail and tell you if you’ve got strong grounds for making a claim. If we take on your case, we’ll walk you through the process from start to finish.
We can often handle these data breach compensation claims on a No Win, No Fee basis – ask us about this when you get in touch.
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