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Greater Manchester Police Data Breach – Can I Claim?

This guide will show you how a Greater Manchester Police data breach could occur, and the steps you can take if you’re affected. Greater Manchester Police are the territorial police force for the Greater Manchester area in North West England.

There are a number of different reasons that a police force may hold your personal data. For example, they may have collected it if you were the victim of a crime or involved in a police investigation. Similarly, if you work for Greater Manchester Police, the police may need to hold your data as your employer.

Greater Manchester police data breach claims guide

Greater Manchester Police data breach claims guide

Greater Manchester Police have to protect the data they collect in accordance with data protection laws. So, if Greater Manchester Police were to breach your data and you experienced harm as a result, you may be able to claim compensation.

Your payout can include compensation for any stress or psychiatric injuries caused by the data breach. Similarly, you can claim compensation if you lost money because the failings of a police force allowed a breach to occur. Legal Expert may also be able to connect you with a skilled data breach lawyer to handle your claim.

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What Is A Greater Manchester Police Data Breach?

A police data breach is a security incident whereby personal data is accessed by or exposed to an unauthorised party, lost, stolen, altered or destroyed. A Greater Manchester Police data breach could happen accidentally. However, some police data breaches are intentional. For example, if a police department is the target of a cyber attack.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a piece of EU legislation that outlines how organisations should act when processing data. This was ratified into UK law with the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA). Now, an updated version of the DPA sits alongside the UK GDPR as the regime that dictates how data is processed.

If Greater Manchester Police have breached your data, you may be eligible to claim GDPR data breach compensation. There is a time limit in the UK for starting a data breach claim. When you’re claiming against a public body, the time limit is one year.

Please contact Legal Expert today to see if you have grounds to claim compensation. If your claim is valid, you could be connected with one of our No WIn No Fee solicitors.

How Could The Police Have Broken The Data Protection Act?

In order for you to claim against a police force for a data breach, it’s not enough that a breach happened. You need to show that:

  1. The breach happened because of positive wrongful conduct on the part of the police force, and;
  2. The breach caused you harm.

Here are some examples of how a police data breach could occur, resulting in harm to the individuals to whom the data relates:

  • A police officer could send a fax to the wrong number containing personal data. This can then be accessed by someone who isn’t authorised to see it.
  • Cybercriminals could hack the systems and steal the bank details of those who work for the police force. This could cause them to steal money from their bank accounts.
  • An email containing personal data is being sent to social services. While the email is being written, the member of staff leaves their desk and the email is left open on an unlocked screen.

This list isn’t exhaustive. There are a number of different ways your personal data could be exposed that we have not touched upon here. For a free, no-obligation assessment of the validity of your case, speak to a member of our team today.

Greater Manchester Police Data Breach Statistics

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) publishes data security incident trends every quarter. Statistics from the ICO indicate how common security incidents were in the justice sector in the second quarter of 2020/21.

  • The ICO received 168 reports of security incidents in the justice sector.
  • 155 of these were non-cyber security incidents. Of these, there were 10 incidents of the loss of paperwork, or of paperwork being stolen, from an insecure location.
  • 2 of these were cyber security incidents. Both of these security incidents involved phishing.

If you have evidence that a Greater Manchester Police data breach has occurred, causing you harm, then you could be owed compensation. Get in touch with our team of advisors today for more information on claiming.

What Is The First Step You Should Take If You Suspect A Police Data Breach?

If you were impacted by a Greater Manchester Police data breach, the first thing you should do is raise your concerns with the police force in question. They should be able to give you information on what data was exposed, and they should attempt to resolve the issue with you.

If the organisation responsible for the breach fails to resolve the issue to your satisfaction, you can report your concerns to the Information Commissioner’s Office. They may be able to launch an investigation. However, you should do this within three months of your last meaningful communication with the organisation. If you wait any longer, they may decline to investigate.

After that, you may wish to involve a lawyer in the matter. This is because, while the ICO can investigate a breach and fine the organisation responsible, they won’t be able to award you compensation. Legal Expert may be able to provide you with a knowledgeable data breach lawyer to handle your data breach compensation claim if you have a valid case.

How Do Solicitors Calculate Data Breach Claim Amounts?

If your GDPR data breach compensation claim is successful, you could receive two different types of compensation. The first head of the claim is material damages, which will reimburse you for any financial losses you experienced because of the data breach.

The second head of claim is non-material damages. Non-material damages will reimburse you for any emotional distress you suffered from your injuries. For example, non-material damages could compensate you for any psychological injuries such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that you may have experienced because of the data breach.

Please see our table below to estimate how much compensation you could claim for non-material damages. The compensation amounts in this table are based on Judicial College guidelines. Because of a ruling in Gulati vs. MGN [2015], this publication can be used to value data breach claims as well as personal injury claims.

Injury Severity Award bracket
General Psychiatric Damage Severe £51,460 – £108,620
General Psychiatric Damage Moderately Severe £17,900 – £51,460
General Psychiatric Damage Moderate £5,500 -£17,900
General Psychiatric Damage Less Severe Up to £5,500
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Severe £56,180 – £94,470
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Moderately Severe £21,730 – £56,180
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Moderate £7,680 – £21,730
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Less Severe Up to £7,680

Of course, the outcome of every claim is different, depending on the claimant’s circumstances. So, please call Legal Expert today, and an advisor can estimate how much compensation you could receive.

Why Claim For A Data Breach With A No Win No Fee Solicitor?

If you wish to claim compensation for a Greater Manchester Police data breach, Legal Expert can provide you with a No Win No Fee solicitor. If you choose to fund your solicitor through a No Win No Fee agreement, you won’t have to pay your solicitor’s fee upfront. They also won’t ask you to pay them while the claim’s ongoing, or in the event that your claim is unsuccessful.

Instead, you will pay a success fee if you win your claim. They’ll deduct a “success fee” from your compensation. This fee will be legally capped and ensures that you always get the majority of the compensation awarded to you.

If you’d like to know more about how a No Win No Fee agreement could be beneficial in funding legal representation for a Greater Manchester Police data breach claim, speak with a member of our team today.

Get Help And Further Information On Greater Manchester Police Data Breaches

We hope that this guide on steps you could take if a Greater Manchester Police data breach were to occur has been useful. To begin your data breach compensation claim, please use the information below to contact us.

  • Use our Live Support widget to ask an advisor a question.
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  • Or call our helpline today on 0800 073 8804.

If we can see that you have a valid claim, we will start working on your claim right away. If you would like to know more about what to do after a breach of data protection, please see these guides below.

Stalker Data Breach Compensation Claims Guide – Our guide on what to do if your data is breached online by a stalker.

Mortgage Company Data Breach Compensation Claims Guide – Help and advice on what to do if a mortgage company has breached your data.

HR Data Breaches Compensation Claims Guide – What to do if a Human Resources department breach your data.

Raising a concern with an organisation about how they’ve handled your data.

An ICO guide to personal data breaches.

A government guide to avoiding phishing attacks and other online scams.

Other Guides That May Be Helpful

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Written by Chelache

Edited by Stocks

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