Employees’ data exposed in SLR Consulting data breach
Sensitive personal data of current and former employees of environmental consulting firm SLR Consulting may be at risk following a cyber attack on the company’s IT infrastructure.
The company has notified former employee’s that their systems suffered an unauthorised access by a third-party earlier this year. Hayes Connor believe this affects current employee’s data too. SLR became aware of the breach on 28 February 2021 but did not notify persons affected by the breach until two months later.
Data copied from their servers could include:
- Dates of birth
- Telephone numbers
- Salary and benefits
- National insurance numbers
- Health and disability information
- ID details (including passports, driving licences, visas and/or birth certificates)
- Names and contact details of emergency employees’ contacts and beneficiaries
The data includes sensitive special category data and identifying documents that pose a real threat of identity fraud and other types of fraudulent activity and financial crime.
Current and former employees of SLR Consulting should be highly concerned about the potential risk from their data being exposed.
Anyone affected by the SLR Consulting data breach should be extremely cautious about the risk of falling victim to cyber crime. It is also worth considering that you may be entitled to compensation, even if you do not suffer any direct harm as a result of the breach.
At Hayes Connor, we are ready to advise anyone who may have been affected by the SLR Consulting data breach about their right to compensation. Please get in touch if you wish to discuss the details of your case with our data breach experts.
What to do if you are worried about the SLR Consulting data breach
SLR should have already contacted anyone affected by the breach. However, this is normally done by letter or email and these can be easily missed. If you are a current or former SLR employee and have not been contacted, you should contact the firm directly to establish whether your data may have been exposed.
If your data has been put at risk, you must be alert to the potential for cyber crime. Criminals could use your data for financial fraud and they may attempt to contact you in ‘phishing attacks’ to try to extract further information from you. This can happen through emails, phone calls and other types of communications, so it is important to be vigilant.
To give yourself the best possible protection against the risk of your data being misused, please take a look at our detailed guide to what to do if your data has been stolen in a data breach.
If your data was exposed due to the SLR Consulting data breach, you should also consider whether you might be owed compensation. The team at Hayes Connor will be happy to discuss this with you and explain how we can help.
How Hayes Connor can help you claim compensation for the SLR Consulting data breach
When an employer or any other organisation handles your personal data, they are legally required to keep that data secure. This requirement is set out in the Data Protection Act 2018 and any breach of that Act that results in your data being exposed could mean that you are owed compensation.
At Hayes Connor, we are the absolute experts when it comes to data breach compensation claims. With one of the largest teams of data breach specialists in the country, we have a wealth of combined experience we can bring to bear on behalf of our clients. Data breach claims are all that we do, so we really do know it all when it comes to getting you compensation for lost or stolen personal data.
If you have been caught up in the SLR Consulting data breach, our expert team can work with you to find out whether you are owed compensation, explain how the claims process works and advise you how much compensation you could receive.
You can find out more about our expertise and how we handle data breach claims here.
To start a claim, you can use our online claim form.
To speak to a member of our team, please do not hesitate to give us a call on 0151 363 5895.