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Data breach help & support

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Most of us use the internet to help make our day-to-day lives better. But despite its benefits, the more information we put online, the more likely it is that something will go wrong. At Hayes Connor, our expert solicitors deal with a significant number of data breach cases every day. During our work, we see many different types of claims. So we understand how data breaches can affect people in different ways. If you have suffered because of a data breach – regardless of whether this was caused by cybercriminals or human error – it’s essential that you get the data breach help you need to get you through this difficult time.

Committed to reducing the amount of data privacy violations, and supporting victims wherever we can, here is a list of websites you can turn to for data breach help, advice and support – before, during and after a data breach.

Where to get data breach help & support

Victim Support

Victim Support is the leading independent victim’s charity in England and Wales. It helps people affected by crime and traumatic incidents. Last year it offered support to nearly a million victims of crime across the UK.

Hayes Connor is working with Victim Support to help those affected by cybercrime and data breaches. Ultimately, it’s about ensuring victims have access to the support they need when they need it. Victim Support and Hayes Connor also help to raise awareness of the threat to keep people safe online.

www.victimsupport.org.uk

Information Commissioner’s Office

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is an independent authority, set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, and to promote openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals. While the ICO does not award compensation, it does have the power to impose hefty fines on organisations in breach of their duties. You have the right to ask the ICO to assess if an organisation breached the Data Protection Act.

At Hayes Connor Solicitors we often work with the ICO to gather as much evidence as possible to help our clients succeed.

www.ico.org.uk

Action Fraud

Action Fraud is the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime. Victims of online offences such as scams and financial/identity fraud should contact Action Fraud to report their loss. You can do this online or via telephone.

For any other form of cybercrime such as online stalking, harassment, or fears about sexual grooming, you should contact the police directly.

www.actionfraud.police.uk

National Security Cyber Centre (NSCS)

The NSCS is helping to make the UK the safest place to live and work online.

It supports the most critical organisations in the UK, the wider public sector, industry, SMEs as well as the general public. When incidents do occur, it provides effective incident response to minimise harm, help with recovery, and learn lessons for the future.

www.ncsc.gov.uk

Cyber Aware

Cyber Aware is a cross-government awareness and behaviour change campaign. It aims to help small businesses and individuals to adopt simple, secure online behaviours to help protect themselves – and their customers – from cybercriminals.

www.cyberaware.gov.uk

Cyber Essentials

Cyber Essentials is a government-backed scheme that helps to protect organisations, whatever their size, against a whole range of the most common cyber-attacks.

www.cyberessentials.ncsc.gov.uk

Get Safe Online

Get Safe Online is a leading source of unbiased, factual and easy-to-understand information on online safety. It contains lots of helpful guidance to protect you and your data from the threat of fraud, identity theft and abuse.

www.getsafeonline.org

Have I Been Pwned

Have I Been Pwned allows you to search across multiple data breaches to see if your email address has been compromised.

www.haveibeenpwned.com

Net Aware

Created by the NSPCC and O2, Net Aware provides simple, no-nonsense guidance to parents and guardians on the social networks their kids use. It helps parents and guardians stay up to date and keep their children safe in today’s digital world.

www.net-aware.org.uk

No More Ransom Project

Ransomware is malware that locks your computer and mobile devices or encrypts your electronic files. When this happens, you can’t get to the data unless you pay a ransom. The No More Ransom Project has created a repository of keys and applications that can decrypt data locked by different types of ransomware. It also has advice on how to protect you from this threat in the first place.

www.nomoreransom.org

Take Five To Stop Fraud

Take Five offers straight-forward and impartial advice and helps everyone in the UK to protect themselves against financial fraud.

www.takefive-stopfraud.org.uk

Hayes Connor Solicitors

If you need data breach help, at Hayes Connor, we have created a wealth of advice, news and other resources to raise awareness of the importance of data protection. We encourage individuals and organisations across the UK to use this information to help keep everyone safe.

Alternatively, for more data breach help and advice, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

If you have been the victim of a data breach or cyber fraud, you can also contact us to find out how we can help you to recover any losses.

www.hayesconnor.co.uk