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Breaches of Children’s Personal Data

Breaches of children’s personal data are incredibly concerning for the children involved and for their parents. Many organisations store sensitive information about children, including schools, local councils, social services, and businesses with a child target market.

If your child’s data has been leaked by an organisation, you’ll naturally feel extremely stressed and concerned about the potential negative consequences to follow. Our data breach solicitors at Haynes Connor can offer practical and sympathetic legal support in the aftermath of a breach involving your child’s data. We can advise you on your legal position and assist you in claiming compensation.

Our data breach solicitors at Hayes Connor can support clients in a number of ways, including:

  • Investigating the nature of the data breach
  • Contacting the organisation that is responsible
  • Establishing whether you are entitled to compensation
  • Assessing the losses that you have or may experience due to the data breach
  • Guiding mediation processes to negotiate with the responsible party
  • Assisting clients in preparing for court proceedings if necessary

Contact our child’s data breach solicitors

If an organisation has failed to protect your child’s data, you may be eligible to claim compensation. If you believe that you have the basis of a claim, our data breach solicitors can offer an initial free assessment. To discuss your claim today, give us a call on 0330 041 5137.

How our child’s data breach solicitors can help

Investigating the nature of the data breach

Our data breach lawyers will begin by investigating the specifics of the data breach, reviewing the type of information that was compromised, how the breach occurred, and if the responsible party is guilty of breaking the guidelines of the GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018.

Leaked personal data about children can result in a number of negative repercussions.

We appreciate that it’s extremely concerning to learn that your child’s data has been leaked and that you’ll want clear answers about exactly how this happened and what your legal options are from here.

Establishing whether you can make a claim

Once our expert solicitors have a full understanding of the case, we can clearly establish whether you might be entitled to compensation. Breaches of children’s personal data are varied in detail and complexity, and we recognise the individual nature of these occurrences.

Depending on the circumstances, clients may be able to claim for financial losses or for non-material damages such as psychological distress. Data breaches involving children can cause a huge amount of anxiety, and it’s crucial that clients have the option to claim for the ongoing impact on their wellbeing. We will always keep you updated on the progress of your case and explain our legal processes in a straightforward way.

Support with meditation processes

According to the GDPR’S laws, individuals are entitled to make a claim in the aftermath of a data breach. However, they must first attempt to amicably resolve the situation without court proceedings.

Our child’s data breach lawyers at Hayes Connor can assist clients with alternative dispute resolution processes, such as mediation. We appreciate that these legal processes may feel stressful, but rest assured we have plenty of experience in negotiating data breach cases and will always take a professional and sensitive approach to keep our clients at ease.

Assistance with data breach court proceedings

If we cannot reach a conclusion using mediation processes, our solicitors can help you to prepare for and represent you in court proceedings. Our high-calibre solicitors have an excellent success rate and will ensure that clients understand exactly what to expect. We’ll have a good idea of what may be the outcome of your case and will ensure that we are transparent in our communications so that you know exactly where you stand.

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Frequently asked questions about breaches of children’s personal data

Does data protection apply to children?

Yes, data protection does apply to children. In the context of the GDPR, children have the same rights as adults concerning their personal data. For instance, the right to access their data, have their data erased, and to object to the processing of their personal data.

The GDPR is based on seven principles, and these principles must be followed by organisations that store the personal data of adults and children. The seven principles are:

  • Lawfulness and transparency
  • Purpose limitation
  • Data minimisation
  • Accuracy
  • Storage limitation
  • Integrity and confidentiality
  • Accountability

Are children covered by the GDPR?

Children are covered by the GDPR, and the ICO advises that children require particular protection because they are generally less aware of the associated risks and need specific safeguarding. Organisations that collect children’s data must have transparent privacy notices so that children and their parents understand their rights and how their personal data will be used.

Can children give consent under the GDPR?

Organisations must have a lawful basis to process children’s personal data, consent is often used as a lawful basis, but there are also other options.

According to the GDPR Article 8, when children are 16 years old, they can give consent to process their personal data. The legislation also declares that member states can adjust the age of consent if they see fit to 13 years old.

If a child is under the age of 18 their parents or guardians will need to deal with any claims on their behalf.

What are the data protection rules in schools?

Schools store plenty of sensitive information and must be aware of the possibility and repercussions of leaked personal data about children. Schools are required to follow the GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018 when processing children’s data. Schools must use transparent privacy notices that cover the following areas:

  • How children’s personal data will be collected
  • The school’s intentions for processing information
  • Details about security measures, including passwords, computer firewalls etc
  • Guidelines for staff members who are working with children’s personal data

Contact our child’s data breach solicitors

If an organisation has failed to protect your child’s data, you may be eligible to claim compensation. If you’d like to discuss breaches of children’s personal data, our data breach solicitors can offer an initial free assessment. To discuss your claim today, give us a call on 0330 041 5137.

You can find out more about our expertise and how we handle claims here. To have your claim assessed for free, you can use our secure online claim form. Or to speak to a member of our team, please do not hesitate to give us a call on 0330 041 5137.