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Making an Equifax data breach claim

As the UK’s leading data breach law firm, we understand that making a claim for compensation can seem daunting. That’s why we’ve made the process of making an Equifax data breach claim as quick and easy as possible.

And, to make sure you are fully informed before starting, here’s some information on who can claim, what making a claim involves, and who we are. By making sure you are fully informed before you take the next step, we ensure a stress-free experience from start to finish.

What happened in the Equifax data breach?

Because of a series of data protection failures, Equifax let the personal data of millions of people fall into the hands of hackers.

Equifax has already been found guilty of the breach. And, the UK’s data protection regulator has fined Equifax £500,000. But none of this money will go to victims of the data breach.

In the US, Equifax will pay $1.4 billion to compensate those who have been affected. We believe that UK customers deserve compensation too.

Are you eligible for Equifax data breach compensation?

Equifax has contacted those people who had their personal details accessed. However, if you think that you have been involved in this breach but don’t have a letter, you can still register with us.

Are there any reasons why you shouldn’t claim?

With hacks and breaches happening more and more often, something has to be done to make companies accountable. So, claiming compensation isn’t just in the best interests of victims – it could also be the only way to ensure that organisations implement more secure processes.

But it’s important to get specialist legal help, especially as there are a number of “claims management companies” all too keen to turn data breach claims into the new PPI.

What do you need to know about Hayes Connor?

  • We are an established and trusted firm that has been helping people to claim compensation for over 50 years
  • We are true experts in data breach law. This is all we do, and we have been doing it longer than most other solicitors. We lead our field when it comes to understanding the complexities involved
  • We offer no-win, no-fee funding arrangements. And there are no hidden costs or admin expenses. Find out more about what no-win no-fee means
  • We won’t charge you if you win. As well as providing No-Win, No-Fee funding arrangements, we won’t charge you a “success fee”. This means you’ll get all of the compensation awarded to you
  • We have secured insurance for our Equifax data breach action. This is important as it helps protect you
  • We work with expert data protection barristers. This means you will get the very best level of legal support available
  • We have created a range of jargon-free guides to make sure you understand exactly what is involved when claiming compensation
  • At Hayes Connor Solicitors, we have never done PPI claims. What’s more, we only ever get in touch with people who have asked us to. This means we never cold call, send spam texts, spam emails, or engage in any other form of nuisance marketing. We never pressure anyone into making a claim.

What happens once you join?

Once you’ve signed up, we’ll be in touch to let you know what we need from you, and what the next steps will be.

What do you need to do now?

Starting your Equifax data breach case is easy. All you need to do is sign up here.

 

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Hayes Connor launches new Equifax data breach claims website

Hayes Connor Solicitors has served a representative data breach claim against Equifax in the High Court. The action could see Equifax ordered to pay up to £100 million in compensation. And, to make it easy for people affected by the breach to join this action, we have launched a bespoke Equifax data breach claims website.

 Launching equifaxdatabreach.co.uk

Because of a series of data protection failures, Equifax let the personal data of its customers fall into the hands of hackers. In response, the UK’s data protection regulator (the ICO) fined Equifax £500,000. But none of this money will go to victims of the data breach.

In the US, Equifax will pay $1.4 billion to compensate affected consumers. We believe that UK customers deserve compensation too. That is why we have set up www.equifaxdatabreach.co.uk.

Making it easy to claim compensation and hold Equifax to account

According to press reports, and the findings of the ICO, 15 million people have been affected in the UK. Equifax has written to 693,665 UK customers confirming that they have had their data breached.

If you are a victim of the Equifax data breach, our new site explains more about:

  • What happened in the Equifax data breach
  • What you can do about it
  • Our representative action
  • Whether you can claim compensation from Equifax.

We also have a range of handy FAQs to answer any questions you might have about this shocking privacy violation.

Our no-win, no-fee Equifax data breach action

Our claim allows anyone in the UK who has suffered financial damage, emotional distress, or a loss of privacy (e.g. having an email address stolen) to claim compensation for the breach. What’s more, in the Equifax case, as well as providing no-win, no-fee funding arrangements, we won’t charge you a “success fee”. This means, if you win, you’ll get all of the compensation.

Crucially, by registering today, we will keep you updated as this case progresses.

Find out more at equifaxdatabreach.co.uk

 

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It’s now even easier to make an Equifax data breach claim

A recent data protection case has transformed how data breach claims will be managed in the UK. And the result of this court action will impact the 400,000 UK consumers who had their personal details put at risk in the huge Equifax data breach.

What happened in this data breach?

Hackers breached Equifax’s systems and accessed the private details of 143 million people in the US. While Equifax said that its systems in the UK were not affected, it admitted that a file stored in the US may have been accessed. This file contained personal information on up to 400,000 UK consumers.

Equifax is the second-largest credit reference agency in the UK. Used by a wide range of companies, even if you are not a customer it could hold a wealth of information about you. For example, data which lenders use to assess whether to give you credit cards, loans, mortgages etc.

Equifax data breach UK group action

Following the breach, we announced our intention to launch a group action case against Equifax. This allowed anyone in the UK who had suffered damage or distress to claim compensation for the breach. And, in October 2019 we submitted the relevant initial paperwork to launch litigation proceedings against Equifax at the High Court.

And, following the latest Court of Appeal ruling, claiming compensation for victims of the Equifax data breach is about to become much easier.

How has the data breach group action process changed?

Until now, to join a group action data breach claim, victims had to be able to prove that they had experienced harm as a direct result of the breach. For example, emotional distress or financial loss. However, the Court of Appeal has now decided that all data breach claims are valid, even if someone hasn’t suffered financial or emotional damage as a result. If a company does not protect your data in the way it is legally obliged to do, you can claim for this data privacy failure.

So, many more people are now free to claim from the credit reference agency. What’s more, following the ruling, people can now seek compensation from Equifax, even if the only personal information breached was their email address.

Join our Equifax data breach claim

At Hayes Connor Solicitors, we know what it takes to make a successful compensation claim. In fact, we’ve been helping people to do just that for over 50 years. We also steer you through the aftermath of a data breach – minimising the impact on you as much as possible.

What’s more, in the Equifax case, as well as providing no-win, no-fee funding arrangements, we won’t charge you a “success fee”. This means, if you win, you’ll get all of the compensation.

REGISTER NOW

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Equifax agrees to settle data breach for £561 million

Equifax has agreed to pay up to £561m ($700m) to settle its data breach case in the US. The 2017 incident resulted in hackers stealing the personal data of millions of people. Up to 143 million US citizens and 15 million Brits were affected by the Equifax data breach.

The Federal Trade Commission believes that the credit reference firm failed to take reasonable steps to secure its network. The huge fine is the FTC’s largest data-breach settlement to date.

Find out more about the Equifax data breach.

What has happened in the US case?

According to FTC spokesperson: “Equifax failed to take basic steps that may have prevented the breach.” For example, while Equifax’s security team ordered that systems be patched within 48 hours after being informed of the discovery, the firm failed to check that this was done. As a result, hackers were able to exploit the flaw and steal consumers’ personal details over many months.

The FTC added: “This settlement requires that the company take steps to improve its data security going forward, and will ensure that consumers harmed by this breach can receive help protecting themselves from identity theft and fraud.”

At least $300m of the fine will go towards paying for identity theft services and other related expenses incurred by victims of the data breach. The rest will be used to cover consumer’ losses, to pay state penalties, and to pay a penalty to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

The deal also requires Equifax to boost its cybersecurity systems. As part of the settlement Equifax had agreed to:

  • Carry out an annual audit of security risks
  • Submit to an external assessment every two years
  • Ensure that third-parties with access to personal data also have adequate data protection measures in place.

What has happened in the UK case?

Following an investigation into the Equifax UK data breach, The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) fined Equifax £500,000.

However, because of when this breach happened, the UK investigation was carried out under old data protection legislation rather than the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As such, the £500,000 fine was the maximum penalty allowed. So, many believe that Equifax got off lightly.

The ICO investigation also revealed multiple failures at the credit reference agency.

Can you claim compensation for the Equifax data breach in the UK?

Hayes Connor Solicitors has launched an Equifax data breach group action claim as millions of people seek to hold the business to account. This is an essential step in ensuring big companies like Equifax do more to uphold their obligations and keep people safe.

Equifax sent letters to everyone who had their personal details accessed to let them know that they were affected. To join our group action, you will need to provide evidence that you received notification that your details formed part of this breach.

Hayes Connor Solicitors is providing no-win, no-fee funding arrangements in this case, and, if successful won’t charge a “success fee”. This means, if you win £1,500, you get all of the compensation. There are no solicitor’s fees – win or lose.

Crucially, it doesn’t matter if you haven’t lost out financially as a result of the hack. If the data breach has caused you stress or anxiety, then the law agrees that you are entitled to compensation.

Once you register with us, a member of our team will be in touch to explain the next steps.

REGISTER NOW

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Is someone applying for credit in your name?

Earlier this week, an interview on the BBC’s Money Box programme revealed that companies you have never heard of could be searching your details on credit rating sites without your knowledge. This could mean that your details have been hacked and that scammers are using your information to apply for loans and carry out identity theft.

You can listen to the interview here (go to 17:53).

In the programme, a Money Box listener explained how he had signed up for alerts on his account following the massive data breach at Equifax in 2017. He did this to keep on top of his credit score.

Credit search alerts

The alerts are available as part of a paid for subscription service and, in October last year, he was notified about two searches on his credit reference data by insurance companies. However, the man had not applied for insurance, either directly or through a comparison website.

He then queried the searches with Equifax, asking how they could help him, but was not given a satisfactory answer.

This is very worrying. If someone does manage to steal your identity they could open bank accounts, obtain credit cards, take out loans or mobile phone contracts, buy things and even apply for a passport in your name. Ultimately this could lead to your finances, credit rating and reputation being harmed.

What can Equifax do?

Very little it would seem. In fact, when asked by Money Box what could be done in such a situation, Head of Customer Experience at Equifax, Lisa Hardstaff, said that it was up to the customer to talk to the companies doing the searches themselves, rather than to Equifax to sort it out.

What can you do to protect yourself?

Worryingly, this is not the first time we have heard of this happening. It is not unusual for an individual who has had their data stolen to find that someone goes on to apply for various finance such as bank accounts, credit cards, mobile phones and online shopping accounts in their name.

Even worse, in some cases when an individual tries to check their credit record following suspected fraud they may find that they are unable to because the scammer has already opened an account in their name.

In response to this issue, we would strongly recommend that you check your credit record to see if there are any searches that you don’t recognise.

Other ways to check if someone has stolen your identity include:

  • Keeping an eye on your bank and credit card statements to see if there is anything you don’t recognise
  • Making sure you read your credit card statements and other letters that come from your bank.

If your identity has been stolen, you should:

  • Contact your bank/credit card provider immediately
  • Consider a credit freeze until the matter is resolved
  • Report the scam to the police and contact Action Fraud for advice on what to do next
  • Let the credit reference agencies know of any activity that was not down to you
  • Register with the Cifas protective registration service. This will slow down credit applications made in your name with additional verification checks made to ascertain that the applicant is actually you.

The impact of identity theft

The real-life impact of identity theft can be devastating. It can have a significant effect on you mentally and physically. For some people, the results can include a lack of sleep, feeling ill, unsettled or confused. Stress can also affect your friends, family and job. So it’s vital that you do everything you can to protect yourself.

At Hayes Connor, we are currently investigating a spike in identity theft following the Equifax data breach. If you have been affected by this breach and are worried that your data could be used against you, please let us know. We will thoroughly assess the impact the violation has had on you and help you to claim the compensation you deserve.

LET US KNOW HOW THE EQUIFAX DATA BREACH HAS AFFECTED YOU.

Alternatively, if you are worried that your data is being used to commit identity fraud following another data breach, you can let us know here.

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Why join our Equifax UK breach group action claim?

Hayes Connor Solicitors has launched an Equifax UK breach group action claim as millions of people seek to hold the business to account.

What happened in this case?

In 2017, a cybersecurity incident at Equifax resulted in hackers potentially stealing 143 million US citizens’ data and the personal details of up to 15 million Brits.

This sensitive information included email addresses, passwords, driving license numbers and phone numbers. Equifax has also admitted that the passwords and partial credit card details of almost 15,000 UK customers were compromised.

What did the Equifax UK breach investigation find?

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) investigation revealed multiple failures at the credit reference agency. For example, measures which should have been in place to manage the personal data were found to be inadequate and ineffective. Investigators also found significant problems with data retention, IT system patching and audit procedures.

The Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham said Equifax showed a “series disregard” for its customers and their personal information. In response, Equifax was fined £500,000 by the ICO.

However, the investigation was carried out under the Data Protection Act 1998 rather than the current General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and the £500,000 fine is the maximum allowed under the previous legislation. So it could be argued that Equifax got off lightly.

What’s next?

At Hayes Connor Solicitors, we have launched an Equifax UK breach group action claim. This is an essential step in ensuring big businesses like Equifax do more to uphold their obligations and keep people safe.

To become part of the Equifax group action, you will need to register with Hayes Connor Solicitors.

While each case is different, it is expected that each person will be able to claim up to £2,500 (possibly even more for people who have had their financial data stolen).

Crucially, as we are experts in data breach cases, once you have registered with us, we might uncover information that allows us to increase the value of your claim significantly. What might seem irrelevant to you, could make a huge difference in the eyes of the law. So, by making a no-win, no-fee claim with us, we can increase the amount of compensation you receive substantially.

Why have we launched a group action following the Equifax UK breach?

A group action is the best way forward for data breach claims of this nature. It allows people with the same type of claim to bring it together on a collective basis. This helps to strengthen their overall position and increases their chances of success.

Even better, while the cost of pursuing small claims can be a barrier to justice, by grouping cases together, solicitors are often able to run group actions on a no win-no fee basis (as in this case).

However, just because a case is part of a group action, this doesn’t mean that everyone will get the same amount of compensation if successful. All claims within a group action are still settled based on their merits, and victims will receive what they are owed.

Find out more about group actions.

What should you do now?

For anyone worried that Equifax has exposed their data, you should contact Hayes Connor Solicitors ASAP.

Crucially, it doesn’t matter if you haven’t lost out financially as a result of the hack. If the data breach has caused you stress or anxiety, then the law agrees that you are entitled to compensation.

Hayes Connor Solicitors is providing no-win, no-fee funding arrangements in this case, and, if successful won’t charge a “success fee”. This means, if you are awarded £1,500, you will get all of the compensation. There are no solicitor’s fees win or lose.

Find out more about no-win, no-fee.

To join our Equifax UK breach group action compensation claim, you will need you to register with us. We’ll let you know what is happening in this case and how much compensation you can claim.

 REGISTER NOW

 

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Equifax UK data breach: what did the investigators find?

In 2017, a cybersecurity incident at Equifax resulted in hackers stealing the personal data of up to 143 million US citizens’ and 15 million Brits. Following an investigation into the Equifax UK data breach, The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has now fined Equifax £500,000.

However, the investigation was carried out under the Data Protection Act 1998 rather than the current General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and the £500,000 fine is the maximum allowed under the previous legislation. So it could be argued that Equifax got off lightly.

But what failures were uncovered during the investigation, and what can you do if your details were put at risk by Equifax?

What did the Equifax UK data breach investigation find?

The ICO investigation, carried out in parallel with the Financial Conduct Authority, revealed multiple failures at the credit reference agency. For example,

  • Equifax contravened five out of eight data protection principles of the Data Protection Act 1998 including, failure to secure personal data, poor retention practices, and lack of legal basis for international transfers of UK citizens’ data
  • Measures which should have been in place to manage the personal data were found to be inadequate and ineffective
  • There were significant problems with data retention meaning personal information was being retained for longer than necessary and vulnerable to unauthorised access
  • The US Department of Homeland Security had warned Equifax Inc. about a critical vulnerability as far back as March 2017. Sufficient steps to address the vulnerability were not taken meaning a consumer-facing portal was not appropriately patched.

The Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, said Equifax showed a “series disregard” for its customers and their personal information. She also said that: “The loss of personal information, particularly where there is the potential for financial fraud, is not only upsetting to customers, it undermines consumer trust in digital commerce.

“This is compounded when the company is a global firm whose business relies on personal data.

“We are determined to look after UK citizens’ information wherever it is held. Equifax Ltd has received the highest fine possible under the 1998 legislation because of the number of victims, the type of data at risk and because it has no excuse for failing to adhere to its own policies and controls as well as the law.”

What can you do following the Equifax UK data breach?

Hayes Connor Solicitors has launched an Equifax UK data breach group action claim as millions of people seek to hold the business to account. This is an essential step in ensuring big businesses like Equifax do more to uphold their obligations and keep people safe.

To become part of the Equifax group action, you will need to register with Hayes Connor Solicitors. Find out more about group actions.

While each case is different, it is expected that each person will be able to claim up to £2,500 (possibly even more for people who have had their financial data stolen).

Hayes Connor Solicitors is providing no-win, no-fee funding arrangements in this case, and, if successful won’t charge a “success fee”. This means, if you are awarded £1,500, you will get all of the compensation. There are no solicitor’s fees win or lose.

Crucially, it doesn’t matter if you haven’t lost out financially as a result of the hack. If the data breach has caused you stress or anxiety, then the law agrees that you are entitled to compensation.

REGISTER NOW

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Hayes Connor Solicitors launches group action following Equifax data hack investigation

Hayes Connor Solicitors, is launching a group action to help victims of the Equifax data hack claim compensation.

Our firm of expert online fraud and data protection solicitors is expecting an influx of queries from people whose data was put at risk by the credit reference agency. The group action is being initiated after Equifax was fined £500,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

The ICO’s investigation was carried out under the Data Protection Act 1998 rather than the current General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and the £500,000 fine is the maximum allowed under the previous legislation.

What happened in this case?

The fine follows a 2017 cybersecurity incident which led to the loss of UK customer data held by Equifax Ltd on the servers of its US parent. Following the data breach, it was revealed that Equifax’s failure to patch a server flaw resulted in hackers potentially stealing 143 million US citizens’ data, and the personal details of up to 15 million Brits. This sensitive information included email addresses, passwords, driving license numbers and phone numbers.

Furthermore, while Equifax originally said that no UK passwords or financial information were stolen in the hack, it has since admitted that the passwords and partial credit card details of almost 15,000 UK customers were compromised.

The ICO investigation revealed multiple failures at the credit reference agency. For example, measures which should have been in place to manage the personal data were found to be inadequate and ineffective. Investigators also found significant problems with data retention, IT system patching and audit procedures.

Information commissioner Elizabeth Denham said Equifax showed a “serious disregard” for its customers and their personal information.

Why should you join the Equifax group action?

The sheer scale of the Equifax data breach means that millions of people across the UK are now at an increased risk of theft and identity fraud. So we welcome the news that the ICO is holding Equifax to account.

However, while fines are an essential step in ensuring big businesses like Equifax do more to uphold their obligations and keep people safe, it does very little to help those already affected by the breach. As such, anyone who has suffered following the Equifax cyber-attack should be looking to claim compensation.

What can you claim compensation for?

Many Equifax customers have had their financial information stolen, and that can be devastating if it gets used by cybercriminals to carry out fraud or theft. But, in addition to this, much of the data stolen from Equifax is considered to be personally identifiable information. This means that the data can be used to identify a specific individual, and be manipulated to undertake identity fraud.

We should all be very worried about what could happen if our personal data gets into the wrong hands. With enough information, cybercriminals can steal our identities, apply for credit in our name, set up fraudulent bank accounts and access our existing accounts. So, it is understandable that victims would want to seek compensation for Equifax’s failure to look after their information correctly, and the best way to do this is through a group action case.

Crucially, it doesn’t matter if you haven’t lost out financially as a result of the Equifax hack. Being the victim of a crime can have a significant impact on you mentally and physically. So, if the data breach has caused you stress or anxiety then the law agrees that you are entitled to compensation.

What is a group action?

A group action allows people with the same type of claim to bring it together on a collective basis. Doing this strengthens their overall position and increases their chances of settlement or success at Court. What’s more, with a group action, claimants often share the legal fees. So, while the cost of pursuing small claims can be a barrier to justice, by grouping cases together, solicitors are often able to run group actions on a no win-no fee basis (as in this case).

However, just because a case is part of a group action, this doesn’t mean that everyone will get the same amount of compensation if successful. All claims within a group action are still settled based on their merits, and victims will receive what they are owed.

How to join the Equifax group action

To become part of the Equifax group action, you will need to register with Hayes Connor Solicitors. Doing this guarantees that you will form part of the compensation claims that will be lodged by our firm. While each case is different, it is expected that each person will be able to claim up to £2,500 (possibly even more for people who have had their financial data stolen).

Hayes Connor Solicitors is also providing no-win, no-fee funding arrangements in this case, and, if successful won’t charge a “success fee”. This means, if someone is awarded £1,500, they will get all of the compensation. There are no solicitor’s fees win or lose.

If you have been affected and want to join the group action, you can register your details here.

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Everything you need to know about making a Group Action Claim against Equifax

In September 2018, Equifax was fined £500,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office. The ICO’s investigation was carried out under the Data Protection Act 1998 rather than the current General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and the £500,000 fine is the maximum allowed under the previous legislation.

The fine came after Equifax’s failure to fix a security flaw in one of its online systems resulted in hackers accessing the personal details of millions of people in the UK and US.

But, while the fine is an essential step in ensuring big businesses like Equifax do more to uphold their obligations and keep people safe, it does very little to help those already affected by the breach. As such, anyone who has suffered following the Equifax cyber-attack should be looking to claim compensation.

But, if you were a victim of the Equifax data breach, how should you go about doing this?

In this short guide, our helpful team of online fraud and data protection solicitors have set out everything you need to know about making a Group Action Claim against Equifax.

Who can make a data breach group action claim against Equifax?

Following the data breach, Equifax sent a letter to those affected, informing them that their data was put at risk. The sensitive information exposed includes email addresses, passwords, driving license numbers and phone numbers. Everyone who has received this letter can claim compensation.

However, since the hack was first uncovered, Equifax has admitted that far more people were put at risk than first thought. This includes:

  • The sensitive details of up to 694,000 Brits
  • The passwords and partial credit card details of 15,000 UK customers
  • The personal data of a further 14 million UK users.

If you are in any way concerned, contact Hayes Connor Solicitors and let us know. We will check if you have had your data breached (if the company has not admitted as much already). Once we have established that your data has been violated – and the extent of this failing – we can start the claims procedure on your behalf. Of course, we’ll only do this with your explicit agreement!

Crucially, it doesn’t matter if you haven’t lost out financially as a result of the Equifax hack. Being the victim of a crime can have a significant impact on you mentally and physically. So, if the data breach has caused you stress or anxiety – in a way that could be diagnosed by a psychologist – then the law agrees that you are entitled to compensation.

Why should you join the group action claim against Equifax?

A group action allows people with the same type of claim to bring it together on a collective basis. Group action claims are becoming far more common in the UK. Here are just some of the reasons why:

  • Strength in numbers. Starting a claim can be frightening, and it’s not unusual for people who have perfectly valid complaints to be put off due to the risks of going up against a large and well-resourced Defendant. Where cases are very similar, group actions can be a powerful tool and can redress the balance
  • Save on legal costs. By joining together, individuals can share the risks and costs of claiming compensation. Legal advice is also shared, so not everyone in the action needs to pay for their own solicitor
  • Help victims with smaller claims. Group actions provide a way for people with more modest cases (that may not justify legal fees) to claim the compensation they deserve. Often, solicitors will agree to take such cases on a no-win no-fee basis
  • You might not have to go to court. Usually, a Test Case is started, and common issues are tried. The result of this case is then used as a precedent for other cases in the action; so every single claim doesn’t have to be taken to court.

However, just because a case is part of a group action, this doesn’t mean that everyone will get the same amount of compensation if successful. All claims within a group action are still settled based on their merits, and victims will receive what they are owed.

We believe that a Group Action Claim against Equifax is the best way to seek compensation.

Find out more about group actions.

How much does it cost to join the Equifax group action?

At Hayes Connor Solicitors, we are dealing with all Equifax data breach claims on a no-win, no-fee basis. This means that, if your claim is not successful, you won’t have to pay a penny.

What’s more, if your claim is successful we expect to be paid by the offending party (Equifax). So, as well as providing no-win, no-fee funding arrangements, we won’t charge you a “success fee”. This means, if you are awarded £1,500, you’ll get all of the compensation. There are no solicitor’s fees win or lose.

There are also no hidden charges or other administration fees.

How much compensation can you expect following the Equifax data breach?

We cannot say that you will definitely get compensation, but a group action helps to strengthen your chances. We believe Equifax has breached people’s data and needs to be held responsible by compensating for any losses, distress and inconvenience caused. While each case is different, it is expected that each person will be able to claim up to £2,500 (possibly even more for people who have had their financial data stolen).

What should you do now?

To become part of the Equifax group action, you will need to register with Hayes Connor Solicitors. Doing this guarantees that you will form part of the compensation claims that will be lodged by the firm. We will keep your details (securely of course) and help you get the compensation you deserve.

Once you have registered with us, it’s important to keep a ‘diary’ or note of events since the hack. This will help us with your case.

For example:

  • Has your card been used without permission?
  • Are there transactions that you bank has picked up that you haven’t made?
  • Are you getting more ‘spam’ or junk email with your name on it? If so, create a folder and keep it as this may be relevant
  • Are you anxious or worried by the thought of people being able to access your data? Has this caused you any distress?

We have already received an influx of queries from people whose data was put at risk by the credit reference agency. If you were affected, you could be entitled to up to several thousand pounds, so it’s important to act now.

Register your details here.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Everything you need to know about the Equifax Data Hack

Hayes Connor Solicitors, is launching a group action to help victims of the Equifax data hack claim compensation. Our firm of expert online fraud and data protection solicitors is expecting an influx of queries from people whose data was put at risk by the credit reference agency. The group action is being initiated after Equifax was fined £500,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

Here’s a quick overview of this case:

Register your details here.