THERE WAS AN ESTIMATED 1,266% JUMP IN CYBER FRAUD LAST YEAR, AND DATA BREACH CLAIMS ARE CURRENTLY BEING MADE AT THE RATE OF MORE THAN ONE A DAY.
With more and more organisations using computers to store and process personal information, concerns about online crime and the misuse of data are on the rise. However legislation does exist to protect you online. This includes:
- The Data Protection Act. Establishes how your personal information can be used; and how it can’t. If you have suffered damage or distress caused by an organisation breaching any part of the Data Protection Act, you have a right to claim compensation.
- The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). New legislation to further protect people online. For businesses, breaches can lead to fines of up to £17m, or 4% of global turnover.
- The Computer Misuse Act. Discourages people from using computers for illegal purposes. It covers unauthorised access (hacking), accessing material with the intention to commit illegal activity (e.g. fraud, blackmail, etc.) and making changes to data stored on a computer without permission (e.g. installing malware or viruses).
- The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act. Gives the creators of literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic work the right to control how their material is used.
- The Malicious Communications Act. Makes it an offence to send a communication with the intention of causing distress or anxiety.
At Hayes Connor Solicitors we understand that making a compensation claim can be stressful. As such, we’ve created a handy step-by-step guide to help explain the process.