What To Do If Your Personal Data Has Been Breached
Finding out that your personal data has been lost, stolen or misused by an organisation or business may not be that worrying, but it’s important you 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.
What To Do if Your Personal Data Has Been Breached
Change All Your PasswordsMost 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.
Check if Your Email Address has been BreachedYou 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.
Contact Your Credit Card Company or BankIf 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.
Making a Data Breach Claim
You don’t need to have suffered a financial loss or emotional distress to make a Data Breach Claim. 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 for compensation.
You can claim 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
Take Legal Action
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’ll take on your data breach 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 team now to see if you can make a claim.
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