Personal data is a very valuable thing. There are very strict laws requiring organisations to handle your personal data very carefully and to keep it secure.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) governs this and it caused quite a fuss in 2018. If an organisation (or public body) doesn’t meet their responsibilities, you can claim compensation for any damage caused by the breach, and for any distress you have suffered because of it.
What Is Personal Data?
Personal data is information that relates to an identified or identifiable individual. For example, personal data could be as simple as a name or number or could include other identifiers such as an IP address or a cookie that relates to a particular person.
Basically, if it is possible to identify a living human being from a piece or pieces of information, then it is personal data.
When Can I Claim for Compensation?
You may be eligible to claim compensation from a company or public body in situations where they have:
- Held inaccurate information about you
- Released your personal information to the public
- Not sufficiently protected information about you from cyber criminals
- Made use of your personal information outside of the purpose it was intended for
- Released your personal information without your consent
- Released your personal information with your consent but to the incorrect person or organisation
Please contact us if you have been a victim of a data breach and we will be happy to provide you with a free initial consultation. We can assess advise you if you have a potential claim. We can also assist you in recovering your compensation on a no win no fee basis.