Yvonne Dobson, a Solicitor in our specialised Data Breach Department at Irvings Law has successfully represented a client in data breach compensation claim against Cheshire Constabulary. The said client wishes to be unnamed for the purposes of this case report and as such will be referred to as ‘Mr W’.
Whilst Miss Dobson was acting for Mr W in regards to a Data Breach claim against Merseyside Police (see blog here), it came to light that Cheshire Constabulary had also breached Mr W’s personal information. Whilst at the address of his mother, there was an incident and Mr W had to call Cheshire Constabulary to assist.
Mr W provided a statement in respect of the incident and provided his contact information, including his name and address but no further action was taken; Mr W thought nothing further of it until several years later. Unknown to Mr W at the time, Cheshire Constabulary had incorrectly recorded his actual residential address which was visible over many years to other Police Forces.
As Miss Dobson was already acting for Mr W in regards to a claim against Merseyside Police, once the breach by Cheshire Constabulary was discovered, she also offered to act for Mr W on a no win, no fee basis without hesitation for this case too and once instructed sent a Letter of Claim to Cheshire Constabulary.
Miss Dobson alleged that as there had been an inaccurate processing of Mr W’s information, Cheshire Constabulary had breached / invaded Mr W’s privacy under the Human Rights Act, had breached the Data Protection Act 1998 as well as confidence following their misuse of private information pertaining to Mr W.
In response to the presented claim, Cheshire Constabulary admitted a breach of Mr W’s personal information and made an offer to Mr W in the sum of £1,500.00 which Mr W was happy to accept.