Data Breach and Protection Solicitors Manchester

Data Protection Solicitors Manchester

Data protection breaches can cause serious emotional distress and financial losses. Our data protection solicitors in Manchester can provide expert legal advice to help you claim compensation from the organisations responsible. We’ll determine if you’ve got a valid privacy claim, help you report it and then bring a claim against the organisations who have failed you.

Our data breach specialist solicitors can walk you through the data protection claims process. Using past case examples we’ll be able to show the extent of damages that the organisation is liable for and help you get the right amount of compensation. We’ll even help you report your data breach if need be.

We take on all our data breach claims on a No Win No Fee basis; taking 25% of any awards as our payment. Should your privacy claim not prove to be successful then you won’t have to pay a thing. We only take on cases that we are confident in winning and aim to win you the data breach compensation that you deserve.

What is a data protection breach?

In its broadest terms, a data protection breach refers to an action performed by a company or organisation that leads – either unlawfully or accidentally – the alteration, destruction, loss, or unauthorised disclosure of a person’s data. With so much information being collected on a daily basis by companies large and small, it is essential that you stay up to date with the most recent guidance and legislation to know what constitutes a breach of your own personal data.

Examples of data breaches

These are some activities that would likely be considered a data breach:

  • access of personal information by unauthorised third parties;
  • deliberate or accidental action performed by a data controller or processor;
  • loss or theft of computers or storage media containing personal data;
  • sending of personal data to the wrong recipient;
  • making your personal data unavailable to you;
  • altering your personal data without your express permission

Who is liable for data protection breaches?

Data security is an important consideration for any company. Generally speaking, the businesses or organisations responsible for collating, storing, and processing personal data are also liable for protecting that data. Most businesses have their own data controllers or data protection officers, whose role is to ensure the company complies with the relevant legislation. While the breach in question might be as a result of an invididual’s actions, responsibility for the breach lies with the company or organisation.

The Data Protection Act

This 1988 Act of Parliament controls how personal information is used by organisations or government bodies across the UK. Its remit covers both digital data and hard data (paper-only filing systems, for example). Failure to adhere to this data protection legislation can result in prosecution and fines up to £500,000. It was replaced in 2018 by the General Data Protection Regulations.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The General Data Protection Regulation was introduced into European Union legislation in 2016, becoming enforceable with effect from May 2018. It exists to give individuals (known as data subject under the legislation) more rights and better control over their personal data. In the UK, these data security measures were incorporated into a new version of the DPA. This included making it a criminal offence to knowingly or recklessly retain, redistribute, or obtain personal data without the data subjects express consent.

Examples of Manchester Data Protection Breaches

Greater Manchester Police Data Breach

In October 2020, a ‘very serious’ data breach was discovered by the ICO and the Greater Manchester Police, as the names and details of thousands of people were accidentally put online. The information included details about victims of sexual abuse. Records related to witnesses, informants and sex crime victims were made publicly available. The personal information of thousands could be accessed via a sheet of data listing incidents, which was used by a contractor commissioned by the force to develop software.

Related: Babylon Health Data Breach

Manchester Council Data Breach

Manchester’s city council was found in breach of the Data Protection Act in 2009 when two laptops went missing from Town Hall. Both laptops contained the details of 1,754 school-based staff in the Greater Manchester area. After an investigation, it was found that the laptops were were not data encrypted, password-protected or secured to the desks they were stolen from. Manchester city council agreed to implement an improved training programme, including regular staff training about GDPR compliance.

Greater Manchester NHS Data Breach

In September 2019, more than 2,000 patients from within the Greater Manchester area were affected by a large-scale data breach. The data breach was estimated to start in January 2018 and involved NHS staff accessing patient records without authorisation or legitimate reasons. Multiple employees at a single NHS trust were responsible for incorrect data usage and accessing patient records without authorisation. The misuse of such sensitive information could have a wide-reaching impact on those individuals.

Our data protection solicitors, based near Manchester, can help you claim compensation from organisations that have failed to protect your personal data. We can bring claims against any public or private organisation based in England or Wales such as:

  • Private businesses
  • Banks and financial institutions
  • Charities
  • Local Authorities
  • Health bodies
  • The Police
  • Education providers such as Universities

You’re more likely to succeed with a personal data breach claim if you have suffered damages as a result of the breach. For example, if you or your business have suffered financial losses or emotional distress. There is precedent, however, to make a claim based on the risk that the organisation has placed you in.

Data breach services Manchester

Here at Cobleys Solicitors, we understand that no two data breach cases are the same. For this reason, we offer our clients bespoke data protection packages that are hand-tailored to meet the unique circumstances of their case. Our experienced team of specialist solicitors will work with you from the start to determine the best way to reach a successful resolution for your claim. These are just some of our most popular services:

Providing advice

For many clients, the world of personal data protection laws is a minefield of confusion. While most companies include some mention of their data protection principles and how they go about processing personal data, it’s often hidden among generic cookie notifications that go unread on their websites. At Cobleys Solicitors, we offer professional legal advice on a range of data protection matters. We can dig into the circumstances surrounding the breach (including the third party’s data protection policies) and determine whether you have grounds for a GDPR complaint (or any other types of complaints for that matter). Our experienced team know what to look for and how to establish liability.

Subject Access Requests

We can help you write Subject Access Requests (SAR) should you believe one or more third parties have failed to meet their data protection compliance obligations. We will walk you through the paperwork, ensuring everything is laid out correctly for the company’s data controllers. While all companies are required by law to respond to any Subject Access Request, submitting it through a professional firm of data protection solicitors is an easy way to ensure compliance.

Reporting to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)

All serious DPA and GDPR breaches should be reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). This is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. The role of the Information Commissioner is to uphold your information rights. They promote best practice among companies and organisations and ensure that DPA legislations is properly regulated across the UK.

If your personal data has been compromised, we can help you report the party responsible to the Information Commissioner, often as part of a larger package of services.

Compensation

Many of our clients ask us: “am I entitled to compensation over a DPA or GDPR breach?” The short answer to this question is yes. Companies must demonstrate their compliance with GDPR, which means only using your data for legitimate purposes. Businesses understand this and how much reputational damage they could suffer should one of their data subjects report a breach.

If your data has not be properly protected and you have suffered some form of loss as a consequence of that breach, you have every right to sue the business concerned and receive compensation. That loss is not limited to financial losses – anxiety and emotional distress resulting from your data being breached is just as valid a reason.

What sort of personal data is involved in data breaches?

Most people have all kinds of personal data held on them in one form or another, all of which is protected under DPA legislation. Data breaches could involve one or more of the following:

  • data relating to personal health
  • medical documents
  • financial information
  • personal contact information
  • government data (including National Insurance numbers, tax codes, and so on)
  • sensitive, protected, or otherwise confidential information

Why choose our Manchester data protection solicitors?

There are plenty of reasons to choose us as your local data protection compliance solicitors.

  • Our Manchester data breach solicitors are specialists in their fields, they understand how the claims process works and have dealt with hundreds of enquiries over the years.
  • Cobleys Solicitors is one of the leading civil litigation firms in the UK and has been featured in The Times Top 200 Law Firms.
  • You’ll be put in direct contact with our data protection specialist solicitors, they’ll keep you updated with any changes and be on hand to answer any questions you might have.

About Data Breach Help

Our data protection solicitors are based near Manchester, in Liverpool – we travel across England and Wales to assist with claims including Sheffield and London.

Operated by Cobleys Solicitors – one of the top leading law firms in the UK – we have a dedicated commercial team of expert litigators greatly experienced in all aspects of data breach and data protection law. Using our wealth of knowledge and experience, we have a proven history of successfully winning our clients rightful compensation from both private and public organisations that have failed to protect their personal data.

Experienced in dealing with hundreds of enquiries, we’re able to guide you through every step whether you’ve experienced a data protection violation in the workplace, a GDPR breach by a public authority or any other kind of cyber offence.

Contact our Manchester data protection solicitors today to find out if you could claim compensation for the breach of your data. 

Talk to our Manchester data protection solicitors today to find out if you could claim compensation for the breach of your data.

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Examples of Manchester Data Protection Breaches

Greater Manchester Police Data Breach

In October 2020, a ‘very serious’ data breach was discovered by the ICO and the Greater Manchester Police, as the names and details of thousands of people were accidentally put online. The information included details about victims of sexual abuse. Records related to witnesses, informants and sex crime victims were made publicly available. The personal information of thousands could be accessed via a sheet of data listing incidents, which was used by a contractor commissioned by the force to develop software.

Related: Babylon Health Data Breach

Manchester Council Data Breach

Manchester’s city council was found in breach of the Data Protection Act in 2009 when two laptops went missing from Town Hall. Both laptops contained the details of 1,754 school-based staff in the Greater Manchester area. After an investigation, it was found that the laptops were not data encrypted, password-protected or secured to the desks they were stolen from. Manchester city council agreed to implement an improved training programme, including regular refresher training for all staff.

Greater Manchester NHS Data Breach

In September 2019, more than 2,000 patients from within the Greater Manchester area were affected by a large-scale data breach. The breach was estimated to start in January 2018 and involved NHS staff accessing patient records without authorisation or legitimate reasons. Multiple employees at a single NHS trust were responsible for exploiting the data system and accessing patient records without authorisation. The misuse of such sensitive information could have a wide-reaching impact on those individuals.

Our data protection solicitors based near Manchester can help you claim compensation from organisations that have failed to protect your personal data. We can bring claims against any public or private organisation based in England or Wales such as:

  • Private businesses
  • Banks and financial institutions
  • Charities
  • Local Authorities
  • Health bodies
  • The Police
  • Education providers such as Universities

You’re more likely to succeed with a data breach claim if you have suffered damages as a result of the breach. For example, if you have suffered financial losses or emotional distress. There is precedent, however, to make a claim based on the risk that the organisation has placed you in.

Why choose our Manchester data protection solicitors?

  • Our Manchester data breach solicitors are specialists in their fields, they understand how the claims process works and have dealt with hundreds of enquiries over the years.
  • Cobleys Solicitors is one of the leading civil litigation firms in the UK and has been featured in The Times Top 200 Law Firms.
  • You’ll be put in direct contact with your data protection solicitors, they’ll keep you updated with any changes and be on hand to answer any questions you might have.

About Data Breach Help

Our data protection solicitors are based near Manchester in Liverpool – we travel across England and Wales to assist with claims including Sheffield and London.

Operated by Cobleys Solicitors – one of the top leading law firms in the UK – we have a dedicated team of expert litigators greatly experienced in all aspects of data breach and data protection law. Using our wealth of knowledge and experience, we have a proven history of successfully winning our clients rightful compensation from both private and public organisations that have failed to protect their data.

Experienced in dealing with hundreds of enquiries, we’re able to guide you through every step whether you’ve experienced a data protection violation in the workplace, a GDPR breach by a public authority or any other kind of cyber offence.

Talk to our Manchester data protection solicitors today to find out if you could claim compensation for the breach of your data. 

FAQs

What should you do if you've had your data breached?

If you’ve had your data breached then the first thing you should do is assess the damage that has been caused. Unfortunately, this can sometimes be hard to do, especially if you’ve just been made aware of the breach taking place. Our Manchester data protection solicitors can help explain the full extent of your damages and show you your option for claiming compensation. We can begin consultations over the phone or email, and send any necessary paperwork by post – so can help you wherever you’re based.

How much will it cost me to make a data breach claim in Manchester?

Making a data breach claim in Manchester costs no more than it would in any other part of the country. Most data breach compensation claims are handled on a No Win No Fee basis, so you won’t have to pay a thing in the event that the claim is not successful. Solicitors take a percentage of any compensation you receive on a conditional fee basis and will only take on your case if their costs are covered and you receive an award that is worth your time. As a result, solicitors will only take on data breach cases that have a high chance of success.

Cobleys Solicitors has offices based in the north and south of England. Our data breach solicitors can travel across the UK to meet you if necessary.