CYBER FRAUD IS ON THE RISE. SO MAKING A DATA BREACH CLAIM TO HOLD NEGLIGENT COMPANIES TO ACCOUNT HAS NEVER BEEN MORE IMPORTANT.
With more and more organisations using computers to store and process personal information, concerns about online crime and the misuse of data are on the rise. However, legislation does exist to protect you online. This includes:
- The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Introduced to expand existing data protection legislation, the GDPR further protects people online. For businesses, breaches can lead to fines of up to £17m, or 4% of global turnover.
- The Data Protection Act. The UK’s interpretation of the GDPR, this establishes how your personal information can be used; and how it can’t. If you have suffered damage or distress caused by an organisation breaching any part of the Data Protection Act, you have a right to claim compensation.
- The Computer Misuse Act. Discourages people from using computers for illegal purposes. It covers unauthorised access (hacking), accessing material with the intention to commit illegal activity (e.g. fraud, blackmail, etc.) and making changes to data stored on a computer without permission (e.g. installing malware or viruses).
- The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act. Gives the creators of literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic work the right to control how their material is used.
- The Malicious Communications Act. Makes it an offence to send a communication with the intention of causing distress or anxiety.
At Hayes Connor Solicitors we understand that making a compensation claim can be stressful. As such, we’ve created a handy step-by-step guide to help explain the process.