Local Authority Data Breach Claims
Local Authorities hold a large and wide-ranging set of data on residents, past and present, within the authority. They have a responsibility to keep that data secure and prevent it falling into the wrong hands, but unfortunately breaches do happen.
Data held by Local Authorities can relate to highly sensitive areas such as financial information, social services records, adoption procedures and processes. This means any breach of data protection regulations by a Local Authority can have very serious consequences for those whose data is exposed.
Anyone whose personal information has been compromised in a Local Authority data breach may have grounds to claim compensation.
At Hayes Connor we can help you to recover compensation if you have been affected by a personal data breach by a Local Authority. With a strong track record of success for our clients, we know exactly what it takes to make a successful Local Authority data breach compensation claim.
Examples of the types of Local Authority data breaches we can assist with include:
- Social services documentation being disclosed to members of the wider family, causing serious damage to family life and relationships
- Adoption records being disclosed in an inappropriate way or without the proper authorisation, leading to a very significant impact upon family life
- Identifiable information being shared by the Local Authority about people who have objected to planning applications when it was not appropriate to do so
- Identifiable information being shared by the Local Authority about people who have complained about their neighbours
Given the highly sensitive, private and personal nature of the data often held by Local Authorities, we understand how distressing a breach can be and the huge impact it can have on those affected. In most cases, these data breaches are caused by simple human errors, which can make living with the consequences even more upsetting.
The level of emotional distress caused by a Local Authority breach can be very substantial and, while compensation cannot undo the mistake, it can go some way towards making an amends. Making a claim can also be the best way to secure an apology and ensure the Local Authority improves its data protection practices to prevent similar errors in future.
Ultimately, if a Local Authority has failed to protect your personal data, you have a right to claim compensation.
If you believe you have grounds for a claim, we can assess this for you free of charge. Simply use our secure online claim form to let us know the details of your claim and we will get back to you shortly.
To speak to a member of our team about what to do if you believe your data has been exposed by a Local Authority data breach, please call now on 0151 363 5895.