Technological developments in the 21st century and the growth social media means that personal data is valuable. It is often gathered in such a way that the individual doesn’t fully realise what personal information is being disclosed. However, your personal data can be vulnerable which can lead to unwanted disclosures of your personal and sometimes private information. Thanks to recent legal developments, in particular the General Data Protection Regulations and the Data Protection Act 2018, you can take action if you have suffered a breach of data protection.
What can I claim for?
Data breach claims can arise in a number of circumstances. Large companies can accidentally disclose personal data, often on a mass level. Personal data from organisations can be hacked, which is becoming more and more common. Personal data can be accidentally disclosed to Third Parties without your consent. Generally, if your data is used for a purpose that you did not consent to, you may be entitled to claim.
How can I be affected?
Data breaches can be minor and serious. It may relate to simple data like an email address or a telephone number. More serious cases can involve disclosure of financial information which can have serious and harmful effects. We have seen many cases involving accidental disclosure of medical information to Third Parties, which can cause significant upset and distress to victims. In Northern Ireland, we have recently seen the accidental publication of details of victims of historical institutional abuse. If you have suffered upset and distress as a result of a data breach, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
Aside from upset and distress, data breaches can cause financial loss and a violation of your privacy rights.
How do I claim for a data breach?
If you contact O’Reilly Stewart we can take action on your behalf if you have suffered damage due to a data breach. We have acted in many cases involving, for example, disclosure of medical records to Third Parties or where medical records have been lost.
Please simply contact us by telephone on 02890 321000 or complete our online questionnaire to request a free consultation.