Hayes Connor Solicitors Data Breach Overview: January 2020
Each month at Hayes Connor Solicitors, we take a look at some of the key data breach news that has occurred over the last few weeks. Looking at both significant cases, legal developments, and what's happening at our firm, we hope to help businesses and individuals to become fully protected in our increasingly online world. So, what happened in January 2020? Find out in our data breach overview.
January 2020 data breach news
Dixons Carphone was fined by the ICO
On 9th January 2020, the ICO fined Dixons Carphone £500,000 after a massive data breach at the company in 2017.
According to the ICO:
"The contraventions in this case were so serious that we imposed the maximum penalty under the previous legislation, but the fine would inevitably have been much higher under the GDPR."
The ICO investigation found:
- Systemic failures in the way DSG Retail Limited safeguarded personal data
- Failures relating to basic, commonplace security measures
- A complete disregard for the customers whose personal information was stolen.
Later in January, we submitted a disclosure request to Dixons to start the process of legal proceedings against the retailer officially.
Our managing director, and data breach expert Kingsley Hayes spoke to the media about the Dixons Carphone Warehouse data breach, and our plans to launch a group action against Dixons representing hundreds of affected individuals.
Hayes Connor was shortlisted for two categories for the Eclipse Proclaim Modern Law Awards 2020
Hayes Connor Solicitors was shortlisted in two categories for the Eclipse Proclaim Modern Law Awards 2020. This is the second year running that our achievements have been recognised by the award panel.
The prestigious awards celebrate and identify sparkling talent and success in the modern legal services arena. They also showcase and set the benchmark for best practice in the ever diverse, challenging and exciting legal landscape.
In the 2020 awards, as in 2019, Hayes Connor is on the shortlist for Boutique Law Firm of the Year and Marketing and Communications Strategy. The Eclipse Proclaim Modern Law Awards 2020 will be held at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester on 6th February 2020.
Supercasino, Jackpot247 & Vernons suffered a data breach
We received several queries about a data breach at online betting website Vernons.com. The breach might also impact SuperCasino and Jackpot247.
In an email to customers, the company said:
"We regret to inform you that Vernons has suffered a security incident and some of your personal data has been revealed to an unauthorized person".
A Travelex data breach was uncovered
In January, it came to light that foreign exchange company Travelex fell victim to a huge cyberattack on 31st December 2019. Following this, the company was forced to negotiate with the Sodinokibi ransomware group. Customers who ordered money from the foreign exchange company could now be at risk. Adding to this issue, many customers expressed anger at being "fobbed off" by Travelex as the cyber hack left them without access to their money.
Hayes Connor sponsored Warrington Wolves' marquee signing Gareth Widdop
Hayes Connor Solicitors agreed to sponsor accomplished Great Britain international half back Gareth Widdop as he joined Super League team Warrington Wolves RLFC on a three-year contract. The 30-year-old, who joined from Melbourne team St George Illawarra Dragons, is known as a strong goal kicker and is described by the club's chief executive as its biggest signing in its 144-year history.
"As a long term fan of the Warrington Wolves, it's very exciting to have such a high calibre player signed to the team and we are delighted to be sponsoring Gareth as he progresses his impressive career at the club."
Dan Thompson, Director, Hayes Connor Solicitors
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About Hayes Connor
At Hayes Connor, we are true experts in data breach law. This is all we do, and we have been doing it longer than most other solicitors. We lead our field when it comes to understanding the complexities involved. What's more, we have been working to defend consumer rights for over 50 years.
As well as our experienced lawyers, our team also includes some of the UK's best data breach barristers. This ensures our clients get the very best level of legal support available.
A lack of care and understanding about data breach law can leave victims open to advice and representation below the standard expected. And this could see people lose out financially as a result. But, despite being the most experienced data protection solicitors around, we also provide no-win, no-fee funding arrangements. So our clients don't have to worry about costs. There are no hidden charges or administration fees.
Importantly, while we are experts in group actions, we also deal with smaller individual cases. And we understand that for those involved the experience can be devastating. So, regardless of the details, we never belittle anyone's experience.
And, because making a data breach claim is stressful enough without having to chase your solicitor, we provide regular updates, so our clients always know what's happening.
Together, this experience and expertise ensure that our data breach solicitors are unmatched in the UK.
Contact Hayes Connor Solicitors today for a free, no-obligation, initial assessment of your case and remember to keep an eye out for our February 2020 data breach overview.