Yvonne Dobson, a Solicitor in our specialised Data Breach Department at Irvings Law has successfully represented a client in data breach compensation claim against Merseyside Police. The said client wishes to be unnamed for the purposes of this case report and as such will be referred to as ‘Mr W’.
Unfortunately, Mr W was attacked whilst on duty as a paramedic and thankfully, the individual responsible was arrested and charged by Merseyside Police. Following the assault, Mr W updated his personal information including his address to officers from Merseyside Police from that of as contained within his provided witness statements when at his old address. Unfortunately, the officers failed to correctly record Mr W’s address, instead using an address that Cheshire Constabulary had recorded as Mr W’s address three years prior.
The matter then appeared before Liverpool Magistrates Court and the individual entered a guilty plea. As part of this sentence, the Court awarded compensation to Mr W. Mr W’s address was taken from the back page of his above mentioned statements and as a result, the Court sent correspondence addressed to Mr W to an incorrect address which was opened by a third party.
As Merseyside Police had committed an obvious error by failing to correctly record Mr W’s address which resulted in a third party receiving correspondence meant for him, he instructed Miss Dobson to seek compensation for the same. Miss Dobson offered to act for Mr W on a no win, no fee basis without hesitation and once instructed, a complaint and thereafter a Letter of Claim was submitted to Merseyside Police.
Miss Dobson alleged that as there had been an inaccurate processing of Mr W’s information, Merseyside Police had breached / invaded Mr W’s privacy under the Human Rights Act, had breached the Data Protection Act 2018/the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as well as confidence following their misuse of private information pertaining to Mr W.
In response to the presented claim, Merseyside Police admitted breach and made an offer to Mr W in the sum of £2,000.00 plus his legal costs which Mr W happily accepted.