Governance breach

Public sector data breach compensation: The public sector (such as government bodies, local councils and local authorities) possess a wide range of personal and sensitive information which must be used correctly and protected securely especially when human error can make mistakes and cybercrime being a significant current threat to our national security.

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What is a governance data breach claim?

To effectively deliver public services, the public sector frequently shares personal information amongst themselves. Unfortunately, this is where human error often falls foul of the stringent Data Protection Act/GDPR provisions even though public sector staff has had the requisite data protection training. Cybercriminals often target the public sector as they do hold such a vast amount of personal information on most (if not all) people in the UK.

Examples of our work:

  • Posting of a letter containing personal information to an incorrect address when new address has been provided.
  • Failure to redact personal information when sending an information pack to local landowners.
  • Ex-employee unlawfully accessing data bases to obtain personal information for own personal use.
  • When governmental departments have suffered a cyberattack and personal information has been stolen due to insufficient IT systems.

You may be thinking that you do not want to sue a governmental department. However, our approach is that if privacy is not preserved, or is ill-used, this could have severe emotional, financial and reputational consequences for the person affected and leaves you open to being a victim of identity fraud. Even if there has been no loss suffered, you can still make a Governance Data Breach Claim if data has not been fully protected.

If governmental departments do make a mistake with your information/data, you have a right to claim compensation.

Why contact Irvings?

If we agree that you have a Governance Data Breach/GDPR claim, we will offer you ‘no-win-no fee-terms’. Once you are signed up with us, we will either:

  • Lodge a complaint to the defaulting governmental department and the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) if you have not yet received an admission for the data protection breach, or,
  • Take over any complaint to the defaulting governmental department and/or the ICO if it is still ongoing.

Once the complaint procedure has concluded, we will then instruct a specialist Barrister to assess the prospects of your cases and provide advice for obtaining insurance to fully cover you for bringing your claim if the defaulting governmental department did not want to settle out of Court. This insurance means that you will not pay a penny to bring the case, whether you win or lose.

If you win you will receive compensation and we know that most (if not all) other solicitors will take 25% of whatever compensation you receive as standard. We are specialist whereas other firms are not and we will always look to reduce (or even remove) such a percentage as compensation is for our clients and not us. We will always strive to conclude your case swiftly and for the highest amount of compensation as is possible.

What to do next

If you think you are a victim of a Governance Data Breach, or may be entitled to public sector data breach compensation, please contact us to speak to one of our experts to get the ball rolling. Please see the bottom of this page for our direct contact details. Remember:

  • We offer a FREE initial meeting.
  • No financial risk for you with our no-win-no-fee promise and insurance protection against all legal costs or disbursements.
  • We have fully qualified solicitors who specialise in governance data breach claims.

If your data has been breached, such as being released into the public domain . . .
. . . you may have a claim.

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