We all have a right to privacy. This right is enshrined within Article 8 of the European Court of Human Rights. Our personal information is something we tend to want to remain private. When it comes to how our personal data and information is used and handled, there have been many developments within the law over the past 50 years.
For the most part, organisations have complied with their legal requirements however, over the past decade or so, cyber security has manifested into an entirely new concept, and often, criminals can move at a faster pace than the authorities. Moreover, breaches can themselves occur, not necessarily by expert external forces, but often disgruntled former employees of a business can be responsible for leaking personal data of individuals who themselves become victims to online attacks. This is not helped where organisations have simply ignored the warning signs and put profit before people, and flouted their duties when it comes to ensuring a robust system of data protection and threat management.
There have been an incredible 33.8 million records leaked by cyber attacks and data breaches in 2017 alone!
Personal data leaks can cause a huge amount of stress and worry and have serious implications on a person's domestic and professional life, particularly where the breach results in a financial loss. However, there is also the personal injury element of the breaches – anxiety and stress which can have further knock-on effects cannot be understated.
We live in a digital age where everything we say and do is scrutinised to the nth degree. There is little we can do to stop the tide of personal data being misused or mishandled, particularly when this has been entrusted to the mega-corporations who then become the target for criminal activity.
However, we are here to help you seek redress if you have been the victim of a cyber or data breach.