Coventry Data Breach Solicitors – Expert Claims Support
By Marlon Redding. Last Updated 18th January 2023. This guide will focus on how data breach solicitors for Coventry can help if your data has been breached and you have grounds to pursue a compensation claim. It is normal for organisations to collect personal data belonging to the public. For example, a university may collect personal data belonging to students and employees for operational purposes. But organisations have a legal obligation to protect the personal data they collect. Therefore, if an organisation fails to protect your information a data breach could occur. Data breach victims in certain circumstances may be eligible to claim data breach compensation.
Has a business or organisation failed to protect your data? Then you may be eligible to claim compensation for a GDPR data breach. You can claim compensation for any emotional distress experienced after the data breach. And you can also be compensated for any money you lost, because of the breach. This would all be dependent on you being able to provide evidence that the organisation was liable for the breach.
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- Data Breach Solicitors For Coventry Explained
- What Is A Breach Of Your Data Privacy?
- What Are The Most Common Ways In Which Data Breaches Happen?
- How Frequently Do Data Privacy Breaches Happen?
- Do I Need A Specialist Solicitor To Pursue My Claim?
- Calculating A Data Breach Settlement
- Why Contact Data Breach Solicitors For Coventry Who Work On A No Win No Fee Basis?
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Being the victim of a data breach can hurt your mental well-being. You may have found the experience stressful and emotionally draining. In some cases, a data breach may compromise your security. For example, if an organisation publishes your home address online. Moreover, you may have experienced financial losses because of a data breach. Not all data breach victims will qualify for data breach compensation. You may be eligible to make a data breach claim if you have evidence that those you trusted to secure your data failed to take the necessary steps when it came to data security.
In this guide, we will explain how to claim compensation for a data breach under the GDPR. And we will advise you on working with a data breach solicitor for Coventry to handle your claim. How much compensation you can get for a GDPR data breach will all depend on your individual circumstances. However, we provide a compensation table to give some idea about the amounts that may be awarded in cases of mental injury. To begin your data breach claim, please get in touch with Legal Expert today.
Personal data is information that signifies a person, such as their name, address or date of birth. As we have mentioned, organisations collect personal data to operate. A business may also collect personal data for commercial purposes. For example, a business may collect personal information on existing customers, to market their products to them.
A data breach is a security incident that leads to your personal information being:
- Lost or stolen
- Data exposure incident or data leak
- Unauthorised persons gain access to the data
when there is no lawful basis.
Organisations must protect the data that they collect. If an organisation does not properly safeguard personal data, it could be fined by the Information Commissioner’s Office ICO. The ICO regulate data privacy in the UK and can enforce large fines to organisations/data controllers who fail to adhere to dats safety laws.
The General Data Protection Regulation is an EU directive that was enacted into UK law through the Data Protection Act 2018 DPA. However, since leaving the EU the UK now has altered the DPA and introduced the UK GDPR. Organisations must train their employees to handle data correctly. Moreover, organisations must protect their databases by investing in proper online security systems.
What happens if an organisation breaches personal data because of human error. Or they fail to take adequate steps to protect the data? The victims of the data breach may be eligible to claim data breach compensation. You can appoint a data breach solicitor for Coventry to handle your claim.
A data breach can happen because of human error. An employee at an organisation can make a mistake when handling personal data if they have had no data awareness training. So, businesses and organisations must train their staff to manage data safely. Likewise, organisations need proper online security systems to protect their data as malicious actors may also cause a data breach.
Here are some examples of the causes of a data breach:
- An HR department can post a letter to an employee but use the wrong address. Consequently, a third party can access confidential data.
- A company can collect a customer’s contact details for operational purposes. Then, the company misuses the data to send the customer marketing campaigns.
- A medical data breach can occur if staff gain unauthorised access to patients’ medical records.
- An employee can lose a USB stick that is not encrypted and contains personal data. Therefore, an unauthorised person could access the data.
- A charity can send out a mass email to its supporters. But the charity enters the email addresses into the Cc bar, not the Bcc bar which leads to an email data breach
- A local authority may fail to redact names when they publish information about community safety.
- A company can breach their employee’s personal data, by publishing confidential staff information online.
The Coventry University Security Breach
Unfortunately, Coventry University in 2017/18 was investigated after confidential data of students was leaked. An email attachment that contained confidential data was sent to 1,930 students.
Data breaches can happen for a variety of reasons. Some are accidents while others are malicious and deliberate. If an organisation has gone above and beyond to protect your data i.e. training staff and having up to date cyber security systems then if a breach did occur a claim would be highly unlikely. If an organisation failed to take the appropriate steps to protect your data and it was leaked then a claim is more likely.
It is hard to estimate exactly how many data breaches happen in the UK every year. The government’s Cyber Security Breaches Survey, published March 2021, gives us insight into how common data breaches are in the UK. The survey states that 39% of businesses and 26% of charities have experienced a cyber security breach or attack in the last 12 months. Of course, not every cyber security breach results in a breach of personal data.
Moreover, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) publishes data security incident trends every quarter. Organisations reported 2,431 data breach incidents to the ICO in Q2 of 2021/22. Moreover, 714 of these data breaches were cyber security incidents. These statistics do show that organisations need to invest in cyber security and staff training to protect their databases.
A skilled solicitor can help if your data has been breached. Your solicitor will be able to value your claim accurately. And the solicitor will negotiate with the defendant to make sure that you receive the right amount of compensation. What’s more, you can fund your solicitor using a No Win No Fee payment option.
Legal Expert can provide you with a data breach solicitor for Coventry on a No Win No Fee basis, so please contact us today to make your claim.
Solicitors For Coventry – Do I Need A Local Lawyer?
You are not required to work with solicitors in Coventry. Even if you sustained your injury in Coventry, solicitors based anywhere in the country could potentially represent you.
What a legal professional is able to offer you in terms of their expertise, their experience and commitment to your claim will ultimately be more important than their location. Many aspects of the claims process can be handled remotely. However, if you do wish to meet your solicitor in person at any point, this can be arranged.
Solicitor reviews and adverts can give you better insight into the services that your potential lawyer could offer. Alternatively, you could reach out to them by phone or email to inquire about their services.
If you have been affected by a data breach and want to learn more about what our solicitors could offer, then please reach out to one of our advisers for a free consultation.
What Should You Do After A Data Breach?
What should you do if your data has been breached? If an organisation has breached your data, they should notify you within 72 hours. This is only if a data subjects rights have been affected. You may wish to take security measures to protect yourself, such as changing online passwords.
If you believe you have discovered a breach of data protection, please contact the organisation directly to raise your concerns. The organisation will be able to confirm if a data breach has taken place. The data protection officer or team may be able to solve the matter internally. Please don’t be afraid to escalate the complaint to a more senior person if needed.
If the organisation does not satisfactorily resolve the issue, you can report the data breach to the Information Commissioner’s Office. The ICO can investigate the matter and may issue the organisation that breached your data with a fine. Importantly though, you must report the issue within three months or the ICO may not be able to investigate your complaint.
A data breach solicitor for Coventry will value your compensation claim accurately. How are data breach claims calculated? A data breach compensation payout is made up of two parts:
- Material damages: compensates you for any financial losses that the data breach has caused.
- Non-material damages: compensates you for any emotional distress or psychiatric injuries caused by the data breach, such as post-traumatic stress disorder.
How much compensation can you get for a data breach? You can use the table below to estimate how much compensation you may receive in non-material damages. Non-material damages will compensate you for any stress you may have experienced after your data was breached. The table does not include any material damages as these are quite unique to the claimant.
|Types of psychological injury||Mental Health Illness / Injury||About The Illness / Injury||Estimated Settlement|
|Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder||Severe||The most severe forms of PTSD may impact all parts of the claimants life and prevent them from maintaining or forming relationships, from being able to work or being able to study.||£59,860 to £100,670|
|Moderately Severe||The claimant will need professional care and assistance and their PTSD could cause them psychological disabilities.||£23,150 to £59,860|
|Moderate||The person making a claim should largely have made a recovery recovery before the trial. If there are still any symptoms, these should not be 'grossly disabling'.||£8,180 to £23,150|
|Less Severe||Less severe forms of PTSD should be recovered from in around 1 - 2 years. It is possible that the claimant may experience some mild symptoms beyond this.||£3,950 to £8,180|
|Psychiatric Damage||Severe||Severe psychiatric damage could cause the victim to have significant problems in staying in their pre-trauma work or studies and may have a detrimental effect on their relationships.||£54,830 to £115,730|
|Moderately Severe||Those with moderately severe psychiatric damage may generally find that their injury falls in the middle of this settlement bracket.||£19,070 to £54,830|
|Moderate||The person claiming compensation should already have made a marked improvement in their health by the time of any trial. There is a good outlook for recovery.||£5,860 to £19,070|
|Less Severe||Settlements are based on how severe any symptoms suffered were and how long these lasted for.||£1,540 to £5,860|
These compensation amounts are based on guidelines from the Judicial College. But please remember that the amount of compensation you may receive can vary. So please call Legal Expert, and an advisor will be able to give you an accurate compensation quote.
Our data breach solicitors for Coventry can handle your case as a No Win No Fee claim. Under a No Win No Fee agreement you will be charged a success fee if your case is won. However, if your case does not result in any compensation you will not have to pay the success fee. The success fee is only payable when compensation is awarded and will be in the form of a percentage. You will sign a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) to formalise the process.
What Are The Benefits Of Making A Claim With No Win No Fee Data Breach Solicitors?
- Firstly, you don’t have to pay upfront for your solicitor. So you don’t need to worry about finding the funds ahead of time. Instead, they will deduct your success fee from your compensation payout.
- Secondly, you will only pay your success fee if you win. Therefore lowering the financial risk involved.
- And thirdly, you will keep the majority of your data breach compensation, if you win your claim.
If you would like to learn more about making a No Win No Fee claim, please read our online guide.
To begin your data breach compensation claim, please contact Legal Expert today. Why choose our skilled data breach solicitors for Coventry to handle your claim? Our legal team have solid experience handling data breach cases. What’s more, we will make sure that your claim is filed in full and correct. We also have online solicitors reviews, to help you see the quality of service we provide.
To see if you can get compensation for a data breach, please contact us today. We can appoint a skilled solicitor to start working on your claim as soon as possible.
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Thank you for reading our guide to finding data breach solicitors for Coventry. If you would like to learn more about making a data breach claim, please consult these guides.
Medical Records Data Breach – How To Claim Compensation How to claim compensation for a medical records data breach.
University Data Breach Compensation Claims Guide – How Much Compensation Can I Claim? – A guide for university staff and students whose data has been breached.
My Personal Data Has Been Lost After A Breach, What Are My Rights? – Information about what to do, if your personal data is lost.
A guide to personal data breaches, from the Information Commissioner’s Office.
Information about the individual rights of data subjects, under the GDPR.
A guide on your right to be informed of how your personal data is used from the ICO.
We appreciate you reading our guide to finding a data breach solicitor for Coventry claims.
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