Bradford Data Breach Solicitors – Expert Claims Support
Have you suffered financially because of a data breach? Or, did you suffer psychological harm such as anxiety, depression or loss of sleep because an organisation breached your personal data? Whatever the reason for the data breach, we could help you by providing data breach solicitors for Bradford claims. Data breach solicitors have the knowledge and expertise to get the data breach compensation you deserve.
Why not read on to learn more about how our data breach lawyers covering Bradford could help you? Alternatively, why not call 0800 073 8804 to begin a claim with data protection breach solicitors on a No Win No Fee basis.
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- A Guide On Using Data Breach Solicitors For Bradford
- What Is A Breach Of Data Protection?
- Common Ways In Which Data Breaches Occur
- How Often Are People Affected By Data Breaches?
- Do You Have To Use A Data Breach Solicitor To Get Compensation?
- How Much Compensation Could Data Breach Victims Get?
- Could A No Win No Fee Data Breach Solicitor For Bradford Handle My Claim?
- Talk To Data Breach Solicitors For Bradford
- More Advice About Data Breach Solicitors For Bradford
A considerable number of Bradford businesses and organisations may hold, collect and process your personal data on a lawful basis. Therefore they must abide by the new data protection laws that have been established. The GDPR is a European directive and was enacted into UK law through the Data Protection Act 2018 DPA. Since leaving the EU, the UK now has updated the DPA and also took their own spin and introduced the UK GDPR.
In order to be eligible for data breach compensation, you will need evidence to show that the data controller, the party responsible for protecting your data failed to do this adequately. Organisations such as a bank or building society, a charity or an educational institute the NHS could all be considered data controllers as they collect your personal information.
We have created this guide to offer you insight into using data breach solicitors for Bradford claims. Although we are not based in Bradford this guide will show how you are no longer restricted to using solicitors in your area. Instead, you should opt for the solicitor you feel will give your case the best chance of succeeding.
In the sections below, we will explain what a breach of data protection is. In addition, we will explain some causes of data breaches. Further to this, we answer questions such as “how much compensation can you get for a breach of GDPR?” and “Do I need to use data breach solicitors near me?”
We allow many organisations to process our personal data on a lawful basis. However, while many organisations take great care to adhere to the UK General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), sometimes the processing of personal data could go wrong. This could result in data being breached.
According to the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office), which enforces data protection law in the UK, a breach could involve the unlawful or unauthorised:
- Theft or loss of personal data
- Access to personal information
- Transmission, disclosure, alteration or loss of availability of personal data
Those who have suffered material and/or non-material harm due to the breach of data could be eligible for data breach compensation. You would need to prove you’d suffered such harm to claim. You would also need to ensure you could prove wrongdoing on the part of a data controller/processor.
Data breach compensation amounts could be dictated by the type and level of damage you’ve experienced. Data breach solicitors for Bradford claims could help you. They could ensure you get the maximum compensation for a GDPR data breach that exposed your personal information.
Data breaches could happen in many different ways, as per the ICO’s research on data breach trends. While you may assume that cyber-attacks and other cybercrimes would be the top causes of data breaches, you may be able to claim with data breach solicitors on a No Win No Fee basis if:
- Someone sends your personal data to an incorrect recipient by fax, email or letter, for example
- An organisation doesn’t redact your personal information when sending data to a third party
- Paperwork containing personal data is lost or stolen
- Personal data is not disposed of securely
- Someone fails to use BCC when sending an email
If you believe you are the victim of a data breach and it has harmed you, a data breach solicitor could help you. Please contact us if you believe you could be eligible for compensation for a data breach under the GDPR. We will be happy to assess your breach of data protection claim and could provide you with data breach solicitors in the UK to help you.
According to the government’s Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2021, a large number of organisations were affected by cyber security breaches or attacks. You may be interested in the statistics below:
- 39% of businesses have reported having cyber security breaches or attacks in the last 12 months leading up to the report
- In addition to this, 26% of charities have reported similar
- Fewer businesses have identified breaches and attacks in 2020, which could result from the reduction in trading from the coronavirus pandemic
- Over a quarter of businesses who experience data breaches or attacks have experienced them at least once a week
- The most common methods of attack are phishing attacks, which make up 83% of business attacks
Many people may be under the impression that they would have to directly approach the ICO, or Information Commissioner’s Office, to claim data breach compensation. If you’re asking, “what can I do if my data has been breached?”, the following steps could be something you could consider taking before you retain the services of data breach solicitors.
If you have discovered a breach, or a data controller tells you about one, you should complain to them. You could find out the level of information that is involved. You could also find out how it could affect you. If you want to inform the ICO you must do so within 3 months from any satisfactory response from the data controller. Please note that although the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) can fine a data controller for breach of GDPR they cannot award you compensation.
However, you do not have to inform the ICO of a breach of data protection to make a claim. You could also, at this point seek legal advice if you want to. That said a solicitor is not a legal requirement when making a claim but they will have gained huge amounts of knowledge about cases such as these and can ensure your case is filed correctly and in full.
When it comes to data breach compensation amounts, the compensation you could receive would differ depending on how the breach has affected you. Compensation for a data breach claim could be awarded for the following-
- Material/financial damage – this could include any financial losses you sustain due to the data breach. This could include stolen money, or any damage to your credit score, for example.
- Non-material damage – a data privacy lawyer could help you get compensation for data breach distress. They could help you claim post-traumatic stress disorder or anxiety, for example.
Below, you can find a table that could give you some idea of the compensation for a data breach you could receive for psychological or psychiatric harm. Please note this is only a guide, and the figures below are taken from the Judicial College guidelines.
|Damage/Injury||Level of damage||Compensation Guideline|
|Post-traumatic stress disorders/PTSD||Severe||£56,180 to £94,470|
|Post-traumatic stress disorders/PTSD||Moderately severe||£21,730 to £56,180|
|Post-traumatic stress disorders/PTSD||Moderate||£7,680 to £21,730|
|Post-traumatic stress disorders/PTSD||Less severe||£3,710 to £7,680|
|Psychological damage (General) Injury||Severe||£51,460 to £108,620|
|Psychological damage (General) Injury||Moderately severe||£17,900 to £51,460|
|Psychological damage (General) Injury||Moderate||£5,500 to £17,900|
|Psychological damage (General) Injury||Less severe||£1,440 to £5,500|
You may be concerned that if you choose to use data breach solicitors that you may end up with huge solicitor bills and no compensation at the end. But did you know that you could use a No Win No Fee agreement to fund the services of your data breach solicitor?
With a No Win No Fee agreement, you would not have to pay any funds upfront to begin. Instead, you would sign a Conditional Fee Agreement, which could also be called a No Win No Fee agreement. This would dictate the success fee you would pay to your privacy law solicitor should they successfully obtain data breach compensation. You would only pay this if your case was successful.
Determining whether a law firm could help you with a No Win No Fee claim
In order to determine whether a case has favourable prospects of success, a solicitor would look at how the breach had occurred, and whose fault it was. They would need to determine that a data processor or controller was to blame for the breach of your personal data to help you make a claim. They would also have to determine that your financial or mental damages were caused by the breach.
Another consideration that they might have to make was whether you were within the relevant time limit to make your claim. In data breach claims, you would usually have a six-year claims time limit. However, if you were claiming for a breach that affected your human rights, you would only have one year within which to make your claim. This also applies to claims against public-funded bodies.
As data breach lawyers covering Bradford, we would be happy to help you. We could provide you with data breach solicitors for Bradford claims. They could have the experience and knowledge needed to fight your claim. We would urge you to read the reviews left by previous claimants, who have successfully claimed compensation with the help of our solicitors.
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We look forward to helping you get the compensation you deserve with the help of one of our data breach solicitors for Bradford claims.
Data Breach Compensation – Guidance on general data breach compensation claims can be found here.
How To Report A Data Breach – Details of how to report GDPR data protection breach incidents is contained here. You can also find details of how data breach claim solicitors could help you get data breach compensation.
ICO Statistics – You can read about data breach figures by visiting the ICO website.
Can I Get Copies Of My Data? – Find out how to make a SAR (Subject Access Request) here.
Data Awareness – Find out how to become more data-aware here.
Thank you for reading our guide on how data breach solicitors for Bradford claims could help you. We hope you’ll contact us. Then, our specialist data protection breach solicitors, authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority could help you.
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