Aldridge Data Breach Solicitors – Expert Claims Support
Are you looking for data breach solicitors for Aldridge claims? Data breaches can potentially lead to you experiencing financial losses. They also have the potential to cause mental harm. A data breach that affects you may occur due to a security failure by an organisation in Aldridge which held your personal data. If that’s the case, you may be able to claim compensation from that organisation.
Read on to learn more about data breaches and how to claim for such breaches in Aldridge. For more information and advice, you can contact Legal Expert today. You can reach us online through our live chat service or our contact form. Or you can call us on 0800 073 8804
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- A Guide To Data Breach Solicitors For Aldridge
- What Is A Data Security Breach?
- What Are The Top 6 Causes Of Data Breaches?
- Top Data Breach Statistics
- What Evidence Do You Need To Claim For A Data Breach?
- When Can I Claim Damages And How Much Could I Get?
- No Win No Fee Agreements Explained
- Claim Now With Data Breach Solicitors For Aldridge
- Useful Links Related To Data Breach Solicitors For Aldridge
A data breach solicitor can potentially assist people seeking compensation in Aldridge and other parts of the country when they’ve been harmed by a data breach caused by a security failure.
In this guide, we’ll clarify what exactly a personal data security breach is. We’ll also talk you through how a data breach lawyer may be able to assist if you’ve been affected by this type of breach in the Aldridge area. We’ll also go through the most common causes of data breaches within organisations. Some relevant statistics on data breaches in the UK are also included in this guide.
Also within this guide, we’ll talk about the types of evidence usually required to make a successful data breach claim. We’ll also go through the types of damages you could potentially claim for with a data breach claim. The requirements for claiming for each type of damages are also summarised. This guide also looks at how to claim with a No Win No Fee solicitor and what benefits this brings.
If, after reading this guide, you still have any questions or want support with a potential claim, you’re welcome to contact our advisors by phone or online.
A personal data security breach refers to incidents where personal data is accidentally or illegally destroyed, lost, altered, accessed or disclosed in an unauthorised manner. Such breaches can affect both public and private companies.
If a data security breach is accidental, then it may have happened because an organisation that has access to personal data has made some kind of mistake. Generally, a personal data breach can happen because of human error or a cyber attack. For personal data to be processed there must be a lawful basis. Failure to fulfil one of six lawful bases can make the processing illegal.
Organisations that handle personal data are usually referred to as data controllers. The data controllers decide what personal data is collected and processed and for what purposes. The data processors, meanwhile, process personal data on behalf of the controllers they work with.
In the UK, there is certain legislation that outlines the responsibilities that organisations should follow when handling personal data. This includes the Data Protection Act 2018 DPA and the UK General Data Protection Regulation UK GDPR.
If you are directly affected by a personal data security breach, you may be impacted financially or psychologically. If so, you may be entitled to seek compensation in response.
To hold a valid data breach claim the onus is on the claimant to prove that those who should have been protecting their data failed to take the correct steps to secure this information. If the data controller has done all they can to protect personal data it is unlikely a claim will succeed.
Personal data can come in digital forms, such as computer documents and emails. It can also be contained in physical forms, such as hard drives, USB sticks or paper notes. Whether it’s digital or physical, there are several ways personal data can be accidentally or intentionally manipulated, lost or disclosed. While cybercriminals can potentially cause a data breach, data controllers or processors may also cause a data breach through human error.
A report into data security incidents by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) reveals the number of incidents reported by organisations to the ICO during the financial Q2 2021/22 period. It reveals that several types of non-cyber security issues were responsible for data security incidents. Some of the most common types of non-cyber incidents reported include the following:
- Data was emailed to the wrong recipient.
- Data was posted or faxed to the wrong person.
- Paperwork or other personal data was lost, stolen or left in an unsecured location.
- Failure to redact information.
- Failure to use blind carbon copy (BCC) in emails. This means certain information belonging to at least one email recipient was unintentionally shared with other recipients of the email.
- Paperwork was not disposed of properly.
According to the Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2021, around four in ten businesses (39%) and a quarter of charities (26%) reported experiencing cyber security breaches or attacks. Such breaches and attacks are most commonly reported by medium-sized businesses (65%), large businesses (64%) and high-income charities (51%).
Among the businesses and charities which confirmed cyber breaches or attacks, around a quarter of them said they experienced such issues at least once a week. By far the most common type of attack experienced by affected organisations was phishing attacks. They’ve affected 83% of the businesses and 79% of the charities which confirmed experiencing cyber attacks. Phishing is a mostly email-based scam that’s designed to trick people into giving away personal details or passwords.
A phishing email or text is made to look like it’s coming from a legitimate business or individual. This could trick the recipient and they may be given a link to a website that also looks legitimate but is actually fraudulent.
In order to make a compensation claim for a data breach, you will need evidence that establishes certain points:
- You need to confirm that a personal data security breach that affects personal data belonging to you has occurred.
- You also need to show that the organisation which holds the personal data that has been breached is at fault for the incident.
- Also, you need proof that you’ve experienced financial losses and/or psychological injuries. You’ll also have to establish these have been directly caused by the data breach that the defendant is at fault for.
If a data breach occurs which has affected you, then you may be informed of this by the organisation/data controller responsible for the data that has been compromised. Or you may become aware that the data breach has occurred before you are contacted about it.
If you discover a data breach that affects you yourself, then you should contact the organisation which is handling your information about this. You could send them an email or letter. You should ask for confirmation that a data breach has occurred and what information has been exposed. If you do not receive a satisfactory response within 3 months of when you contact the organisation, then you could potentially approach the ICO and ask them to investigate the breach.
You do not need the ICO to investigate a data breach that affects you to seek compensation. However, information from a potential investigation they make could potentially provide useful information which could later support a claim. Once you’re aware that you’ve been affected by a breach of your personal data, you can seek legal advice. You can contact Legal Expert for free legal advice from our advisors regarding your potential legal options.
If you start a compensation claim for a data breach, then there are two types of damages you may be able to claim for. These are known as material damages and non-material damages. In this section, we’ll summarise what these terms mean.
Material damages refer to financial losses which you have experienced as a direct consequence of a data breach. For instance, the data breach you’re claiming for may have allowed a third party to steal money from your bank account. Or it may have caused damage to your credit scores. You may also be able to claim expenses and losses caused by the incident i.e. loss of wages due to needing time off work as you are suffering from a mental illness.
Non-material damages refer to psychological harm which can be directly linked to the data breach that has affected you. Being affected by a personal data breach can cause a lot of distress. After all, such breaches could allow your money to be stolen or for sensitive information to be shared between third parties. Those affected by a data breach could end up suffering specific mental injuries including anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
If you seek compensation for psychological injuries through a data breach claim, then the Judicial College guidelines may be used by solicitors to help calculate the value of your injuries. Below is a table that contains compensation brackets from these guidelines. They can give you some idea of the compensation amounts which may be offered when claiming for different mental injuries during a data breach case.
|Type of Injury||Injury Seriousness||Ranges|
|Psychological Injury||Severe||£51 460 - £108 620|
|Psychological Injury||Moderately Severe||£17 900 - £51 460|
|Psychological Injury||Moderate||£5 500 - £17 900|
|Psychological Injury||Less Severe||£1 440 - £5 500|
|Psychiatric disorder||Severe||£56 180 - £94 470|
|Psychiatric disorder||Moderately Severe||£21 730 - £56 180|
|Psychiatric disorder||Moderate||£7 680 - £21 730|
|Psychiatric disorder||Less Severe||£3 710 - £7 680|
Do you have strong grounds to make a data breach compensation claim? Legal Expert could help connect you with our No Win No Fee data breach solicitors for Aldridge claims. All of our solicitors work under No Win No Fee agreements. This type of agreement can provide several financial benefits to you.
If you agree to have your case supported by one of our No Win No Fee solicitors, then you won’t be required to pay any legal fees upfront. You also won’t need to pay any legal fees while your claim is in the middle of being processed. If we take on your claim and it ultimately proves unsuccessful, then you still won’t need to pay your solicitor’s legal fees. It will only become necessary to cover your solicitor’s legal fees if your case is won. To cover their payment, your solicitor will take a legally-capped percentage of your compensation.
This arrangement reduces the financial burden placed on you. It should also mean that the solicitor will only take on your case if they are willing to work hard on it and are confident it will succeed.
Before a No Win No Fee solicitor is willing to support your potential data breach claim, they will want to be confident that a few key points can be established. Your case must be able to establish that a breach of your personal data has occurred. It also needs evidence that shows the breach is the fault of a data controller or processor. There also needs to be proof that the breach has caused you to suffer financial losses and/or psychological injuries. Evidence may include financial records and medical notes from an independent doctor.
Time limits for data breach claims
Something else to keep in mind if you wish to start a data breach claim is whether you have enough time to begin such a claim. If the data breach has been caused by a public body, then the time limit is usually one year. If a non-public body is at fault for a data breach, then the time limit is six years.
Looking for advice or support in making a data breach claim? You can contact Legal Expert today and speak to our advisors about possibly making this type of claim. If you have strong grounds to make a data breach claim, then we may be able to put you in touch with our data breach solicitors. Our solicitors can support claims whether you’re in Aldridge or other parts of the country.
To speak to us, you can reach us online through our 24/7 live chat service or by using this online claim page. You can also call us on 0800 073 8804. You can also check out the feedback we’ve received from previous clients on our reviews page.
In this final section of our guide on hiring data breach solicitors for Aldridge claims, we’ve included some other guides and resources which you may find useful:
You can read this guide for an in-depth look at your legal rights if your personal data is breached by an organisation.
Read this guide if you’re looking for more information about claiming for stress caused by a data breach.
For more information about how No Win No Fee solicitors and agreements work, you can check out our separate guide here.
This ICO page explains why organisations do not always need to acquire your consent to use your personal data. It also explains the lawful bases for using data.
This Government website page explains who you can contact if you wish to make a complaint about how an organisation is handling your data.
This Government guide gives details on the types of personal data which employers are allowed to keep on their staff.
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