Your personal data is any information that can be related to you as an individual. And, you have a right to know that data is secure and handled appropriately.
You have a right to expect that organisations, businesses, or the government, keep your personal information safe and they maintain their records properly.
Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. That could mean someone has breached your data protection rights.
Data Protection Act & GDPR: The Duties of Holders of Personal Information
The Data Protection Act sets out rules for the storage and use of personal data. And, it gives certain rights to people whose data has been collected.
Some key principles of the act include:
- If your data is collected for a single reason, it cannot be used for a different reason
- You have the right to look at data organisations hold about you
- Data should not be held longer than necessary
- Data must be kept up to date
- Your personal information must be stored securely
The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) builds on this. If you are interested in learning more, you can look through the GDPR in full at gdpr-info.eu.
What Is A Breach of Data Protection?
Your rights to protection of your data may be breached if any of the principles given above are broken. Below, we discuss some of the more common examples.
Holding Inaccurate Data or Holding Data Longer Than Necessary
If an organisation holds any data about you, they must make sure it is accurate and up to date. And, if you think they have incorrect information about you, you have a right to ask them to correct that.
On top of that, any data they do hold they should only keep for as long as they need. That might be for as long as you subscribe to an email list, for example. Or, there may be a law that requires they keep records for a certain length of time.
Making Confidential or Personal Data Public
Whenever an organisation does have personal data about you, they cannot share that data – not without your permission.
You might allow a business to keep your contact details in case they need to get in touch with you. But, they could not then sell or pass your information on. This can link with using data beyond the stated purpose.
Use of Data Beyond the Stated Purpose
As already mentioned, if an organisation collects data and says they will use it for one thing, they can’t use it for anything else without permission.
The most common example of this is if you enter your email online. You might want to download a document, but you’re also asked to opt-in to promotional mail as well.
What’s important here is that you must always “opt-in” to uses of your data. It should never be opt-out.
How Can Chris Rudd Solicitors Help?
If your data protection rights have been breached, we can help you bring a claim and would expect you to be awarded with compensation in excess of £2000. Plus, you can expect the data to be removed or corrected.
We would ensure your complaint is taken seriously and that you are not bullied by a powerful organisation. To discuss starting a data protection claim, please give us a call on 01925 351 350.
We can offer you:
- A friendly team of experts to take care of your case
- No win no fee in some cases
When your personal privacy has been breached, it’s important to have a skilled professional on your side. We’re here to help, so get in touch today to discuss you case.