Commercial law

Data breach disputes

In the modern world, it’s hard to deal with any company or organisation without having to share your personal data. That isn’t a problem if they keep your data secure and only use it within the confines of the Data Protection Act and the Human Rights Act. Unfortunately, data breaches - both unintentional and due to hacking – are a regular occurrence. When they happen, they can cause serious and lasting damage.

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All you need to know about data breach disputes

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The Data Protection Act and the General Data Processing Regulations (GDPR) set out very clear obligations for how your personal data is handled by everyone from your employer to online retailers, including public organisations such as the NHS and the Police.

This means that they’re legally obliged:

  • To keep your data secure against leaks and hacks
  • To only keep your data as long as it’s necessary
  • To only use data for its stated purpose

However, there have been numerous incidences where this hasn’t happened, leading to a number of high-profile cases against organisations that have signally failed to protect personal data.

In cases like this, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is almost certain to get involved and the courts are apt to award substantial compensation for financial loss and distress.

It’s also important to appreciate that a number of important data leaks and breaches have been attributed to public bodies including the NHS, the Police and local authorities across the UK.

Even though you may think that bodies such as these are effectively above the data laws, the fact is that if a public body violates your rights with regard to personal data in any way, we may be able to help you seek compensation.

In the first instance, our specialist solicitors will usually seek a resolution with the responsible public body, enforcing necessary data corrections and removals where appropriate.

However, it has to be recognised that data breaches and infringements can cause serious damage and distress to the individuals affected.

That’s why, in addition to ensuring that mistakes with regard to your private data are corrected, we may also be able to pursue compensation for any losses this has caused you, as well as for the undoubted distress caused by personal breaches like this.

To talk about compensation with regard to personal data breaches, talk to an experienced dispute resolution solicitor today by calling 0161 830 9632 or by contacting us online now.

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