HOW MUCH COMPENSATION WILL YOU GET AS PART OF A DATA BREACH GROUP ACTION CLAIM?
Just because your case is part of a group action doesn’t mean that everyone will receive the same amount of compensation if successful. All claims within a group action are still settled based on their merits, and you will receive what you are owed.
As with any case, the value of your claim depends on the extent of your suffering. However, under a group action precedents may be established setting out how much claims are likely to be worth based on specific factors.
To claim compensation, you must be able to prove that you suffered as a result of the breach. This includes financial and medical harm, as well as anguish and anxiety.
STARTING A GROUP ACTION CLAIM
If you have been affected by a data breach that affects a number of people, then you may have a group action claim. In data breach cases, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) investigates any reported breaches, and while it does not award compensation, it does have the power to impose hefty fines. Also, if the ICO believes that an organisation broke the law, this information can be used in court to support a group action claim.
If your data has been breached in a way that has caused you damage or distress, we can seek compensation on your behalf. To start, we’ll contact the organisation in question, and use any information provided by the ICO, to check if you have had your data breached (if the company has not admitted as much already). Once we have established that your data has been breached – and the extent of this failing – we’ll start the claims procedure on your behalf.