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TeamSport Indoor Karting data breach reveals personal & financial information of former employees

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Indoor go-karting company TeamSport, which operates racing circuits across the UK, has suffered a significant data breach. As with the majority of cases, it looks like this privacy violation was caused by human error and/or poor processes rather than cybercrime.

In a letter to former employees, the company states that a file was released in error on Friday 22nd March. This file contained personal information relating to their previous employment with TeamSport. It is not yet clear if current employees have also been affected.

The information violated in this privacy breach includes names, titles, National Insurance numbers, employment dates, student loan deductions, tax codes, earnings and tax information. As such this looks to be a very significant incident which could have a severe impact on those affected.

What has TeamSport said about the data breach?

TeamSport has apologised for the data breach and accepted that it did not keep the data as safe as it would have expected.

An investigation is now taking place to establish how this incident occurred. The ICO has also been notified about the breach (as is required by law).

While TeamSport says that the error was spotted promptly, and that the recipient of the file deleted the information and did not disclose it to another party, we have already received a number of enquiries from people who are worried about what could happen now that their personal and financial information has been exposed.

Indeed, while TeamSport says that it considers the risk involved to those affected by the data breach to be negligible, this may not be the case.

In many data breach cases it can take months for the full implications and losses to become apparent. We have seen instances where the financial losses only start to occur three to six months later. What’s more, simply knowing that your details have been exposed can lead to anxiety and distress.

How to protect yourself following the TeamSport Indoor Karting data breach

At Hayes Connor Solicitors, we are experts in data breach cases and would advise those affected by the TeamSport data breach to consider the following steps:

  • Inform the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) about your concerns
  • If you are concerned that your financial details have been compromised contact your bank/credit card provider immediately
  • Keep an eye on your bank and credit card statements to see if there is anything you don’t recognise
  • Look out for any bills or emails showing goods or services you haven’t ordered
  • Let the credit reference agencies know of any activity that was not down to you
  • Register with the Cifas protective registration service. This will slow down credit applications made in your name with additional verification checks made to ascertain that the applicant is actually you
  • Beware of fraudsters who attempt to gather additional personal information (phishing)
  • Change your passwords on all your accounts.

 

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Claiming compensation for the TeamSport Indoor Karting data breach

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.

In most cases, data breaches happen because of a failure to implement reasonable and robust processes. So claiming compensation isn’t just in your best interests, it is often the only way organisations will be persuaded to take their responsibilities seriously and make the necessary improvements.

Those who have been affected should be contacted by TeamSport. If you receive this letter you may be able to claim compensation once the matter has been investigated.

To ensure that you are fully informed and kept up-to-date, simply fill in our quick form and we will notify you about the investigation and your legal rights when making a claim.