What to Do If Your Personal Data Has Been Breached

Author:
Alexander Welham
Trainee Solicitor
Date:
28/05/2020

Finding out that your personal data has been lost, stolen or misused by an organisation or business is alarming because exposed information can lead to identity theft. So it’s important to understand the implications of your personal data being breached and what you can do about it.

More than 9 million people found out recently that EasyJet was hacked resulting in information including their names, addresses, email addresses and travel details being stolen. On top of this, more than 2 thousand people had their credit / debit card information and passport information accessed.

We deal with GDPR Data Breach Compensation Claims on a No Win, No Fee basis. For a free legal assessment contact our Data Breach Solicitors.

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What to Do if Your Personal Data Has Been Breached

  1. Change All Your Passwords

    Most people know that they shouldn’t have the same passwords for all their online accounts but many do. Change your password immediately on the account that’d been hacked and if you’re using a similar password anywhere else, change that too. Make sure it’s completely new and strong.
  1. Check if Your Email Address has been Breached

    You can go and check whether your email address has been breached by going to our Free Data Breach Checker. This shows people whether their email addresses had been involved in a data breach.
  1. Contact Your Credit Card Company or Bank

    If your card details have been accessed during the data breach, you should contact your bank or credit card provider to let them know. You should also keep checking your statements and highlight anything that looks suspicious on your account.

These are a few simple ways to help protect yourself after your personal data has been breached or stolen, but you may not know that you could also make a compensation claim if a company or organisation has lost, been hacked or misused your personal data.

You can see a more detailed outline of what to do when your data's been breached by clicking on the picture below.

What to do if your personal data's been breached

GDPR Data Breach Compensation Claims

You don’t need to have suffered a financial loss or emotional distress to make a Data Breach Claim for compensation. When an organisation or business breaches any part of the Data Protection Act 2018 or GDPR that results in a privacy violation, you can make a claim.

You can claim GDPR compensation for:

  • Loss of Privacy – if any of your data that can identify you such as your name, address or email has been stolen, misused, published or edited without your consent you can make a claim
  • Financial Losses – having your personal data breached can lead to either financial losses or identity theft. The result of either of these is devastating. Criminals could apply for credit in your name, make fraudulent back accounts or access your existing accounts
  • Distress – being a victim of cybercrime could have a significant impact on your mental and physical health

Making a Claim

The Data Breach Claims process is straightforward and easy to do. You can call us and ask us to review your situation free of charge. We’ll tell you if we can take your claim on and we’ll handle all the paperwork for you.

We can take on your GDPR Compensation Claim on a No Win, No Fee basis, which means you won’t pay anything upfront and if your claim isn’t successful, you won’t pay a penny.

There are no hidden costs, admin fees or any other surprises and you’ll only pay us at the end if your claim is successful.

Call one of our Data Breach Solicitors now to see if you can make a claim.

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