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How do you know if you are affected by the Equifax data breach?

The Equifax data breach was announced in September 2017. Millions of consumers had their personal details put at risk in this huge data protection failure. As well as the breach of data of US citizens, a file containing 15.2m UK records dating from between 2011 and 2016 was also attacked.

The sensitivity of the personal information held by Equifax makes this breach one of the most severe data protection contraventions reported to date. And, since the privacy violation, Hayes Connor has been contacted by many people – all of who are worried that they might be affected.

But how can you find out if your details were included in the Equifax data breach?

If you have had a letter from Equifax

Equifax has written to 693,665 UK customers confirming that they have had their data breached.

In addition, Equifax also wrote to a further 167,431 UK consumers whose landline telephone numbers were already published in the public Phone Book and were accessed as part of the cyberattack.

If you are one of the people who have received such a letter, you can now make a claim for Equifax data breach compensation.

If you have not had a letter from Equifax

Following an investigation into the Equifax data breach, the UK’s data privacy regulator (the ICO), said that around 15 million people in the UK could be affected by the hack. So, many victims will not have received a letter from Equifax.

If you think that you have been involved in the Equifax data breach, but you haven’t received a letter, you can still claim against Equifax. However, we would need to find other evidence to show how the hack affected you.

You can also ask Equifax if your data was involved in the data privacy hack.

What evidence do you need to make an Equifax data breach claim?

To make the strongest possible claim on your behalf, we always ask for evidence to support your claim. We will ask for this whether or not you have a letter from Equifax. This could include things like:

  • Evidence that you have received a letter from Equifax saying your details have been affected (where you have this)
  • Evidence of any financial losses, distress, and/or inconvenience you have suffered as a result of the data breach. For example:
    • Bank statements
    • Correspondence (letters, emails, etc.) with banks, credit card providers, credit reference agencies, etc.
    • Credit score reports (with dates of any dips)
    • Details about medical appointments/prescriptions that relate to this data breach (e.g. due to distress/stress)
    • Evidence of any fraudulent transactions, fraud attempts, alerts, cancelled cards that relate specifically to the card details breached
    • Evidence of increased spam
  • Anything else that may be relevant to support your claim

We would also seek confirmation that, as far as you are aware, your information was not put at risk by another data breach.

Register today to join our No-Win, No-Fee Equifax data breach

At Hayes Connor Solicitors, we know what it takes to make a successful compensation claim. In fact, we’ve been helping people to do just that for over 50 years. We also steer you through the aftermath of a data breach – minimising the impact on you as much as possible.

We are dealing with all Equifax data breach claims on a no-win, no-fee basis. This means that, if your claim is not successful, you won’t have to pay a penny.  What’s more, if your claim is successful, we expect to be paid by the offending party (Equifax). So, as well as providing no-win, no-fee funding arrangements, we won’t charge you a “success fee”. This means there are no solicitor’s fees win or lose.

There are strict time limits in place for making Equifax breach compensation claims, so it’s important to act now.