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Do you have a Yahoo email address? If so, your privacy could have been breached

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If you have a Yahoo email address, you could be due data breach compensation. Here’s everything you need to know about making a Yahoo data breach claim.

What happened in the Yahoo data breach case?

Due to systemic errors in its cybersecurity systems, between 2012 and 2016, Yahoo suffered a series of system hacks by organised crime groups. In particular, in 2014, a Russian state-sponsored cyber-attack saw personal data stolen from over 500m Yahoo user accounts worldwide. Despite evidence that the firm knew about the hack soon after it happened, it did not report it until September 2016.

The data protection hack led to user’s names, email addresses, telephone numbers, passwords and encrypted security questions and answers falling into the hands of cybercriminals.

What happened in the investigation?

Following the Yahoo data breach, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) investigated the privacy violation. While people in many different countries were involved, the ICO investigation focused on UK accounts that were co-branded Sky and Yahoo, and which the London-based branch of Yahoo had responsibility for.

Following its inquiry, the ICO found that Yahoo had “failed to prevent” the hack. It condemned “inadequacies” at Yahoo. Inadequacies that had existed for some time without being “discovered or addressed”. The investigation also found that:

  • The firm failed to ensure that its data processor complied with the appropriate data protection requirements
  • The firm failed to ensure that the credentials of employees with access to customer data were monitored
  • There was a lengthy period before the flaws which led to the breach were discovered or addressed.

As a result, the ICO imposed a £250,000 fine on Yahoo. However, this represents less than 0.4% of Yahoo UK’s 2016 gross profit.

Were you affected by the Yahoo data breach?

The Yahoo data breach affects people who had a Yahoo account between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2016. According to the ICO, Yahoo has informed those affected.

These people can now make a compensation claim.

Crucially, you do not need to have suffered any financial loss or emotional distress to make a claim. If you have suffered a privacy violation caused by an organisation breaching any part of the Data Protection Act, you have a right to claim compensation.

The data breaches at Yahoo happened because of a failure to implement reasonable and robust processes. So, Yahoo has failed to uphold your privacy rights. Furthermore, claiming compensation isn’t just in your best interests; it is often the only way organisations are persuaded to take their responsibilities seriously and make the necessary improvements.

What has happened since then?

In September 2019, Yahoo emailed its users saying it was nearing a $117.5 million settlement. This settlement would end a massive class-action lawsuit related to a series of data breaches that took place between 2012 and 2016. However, the money available is only for people who live in the US and Israel.

If you had a Yahoo account and live in the UK, what can you do?

At Hayes Connor Solicitors, we are launching a representative action claim to help UK victims of the Yahoo data breach to claim the compensation they deserve. A representative action is a type of group action.

If you are concerned that your data was treated negligently by Yahoo, contact Hayes Connor Solicitors immediately. The settlement reached in the US, and the result of the ICO’s investigation in the UK means that you could have a powerful case.

Why should you choose Hayes Connor Solicitors?

As the UK’s leading data breach law firm, we are helping people in the UK to hold Yahoo to account for its failure to protect their personal data (as it is legally obliged to do). We are doing this because we believe that your data protection rights are important. Here’s are some other reasons why it’s essential to use our specialist data privacy lawyers to claim Yahoo data breach compensation.

  • Hayes Connor is an established and trusted firm. Our solicitors have been helping people to claim compensation for over 50 years
  • We have been winning data protection cases longer than most other solicitors, and we are more experienced when it comes to understanding the complexities involved. A lack of understanding about data breach law can leave victims open to advice and representation below the standard expected. And this could see you lose out financially as a result
  • All too often, claims management companies are more concerned about making fast cash than helping victims. So, while they might help you get some money back for a data breach, they are less concerned about ensuring you get compensated for the long-term and often psychological effects of a breach. When you appoint us, we get you the maximum compensation possible
  • We have the legal expertise needed to take on big players such as Yahoo. In fact, our experience in data breach group actions is unmatched in the UK
  • We provide regular emails to all our Yahoo data breach clients to ensure they always know what is happening with their case.

How can you make a no-win-no-fee Yahoo data breach compensation claim?

At Hayes Connor, we always provide a free consultation to make sure we can help you. If you want to make a Yahoo data breach compensation claim with us, we can advise you on whether you have a valid claim, answer any questions you might have and go through your options with you. We will do all this without charging you a penny.

We are also providing no-win, no-fee funding arrangements for anyone that wants to join our Yahoo representative action. And there are no hidden costs or admin expenses.

If you want to join our Yahoo UK Representative Action contact Hayes Connor Solicitors immediately. There are no costs to join our group action, and there is no obligation to proceed.