What is a Police Data Breach?
This is when police or members of the criminal justice system holding personal information about you breach your data by:
- Sending your records to the wrong person
- Losing your personal information
- Posting on social media
- Sharing your information unlawfully or without your consent
- Not redacting court documents appropriately
- Gathering and collecting your data unlawfully
- Not keeping your data safe from cyber-attacks, cybercriminals and hackers
- Not storing data safely
- Allowing unauthorised access
- Not providing adequate training to staff or anyone with authorised access to your data
- Failed internal policies and safeguards
Data held by the Police is one of the most personal and sensitive data that can be held, so any data breaches will immediately give rise to a potential data breach claim and CEL Solicitors can help. We will provide a free initial consultation discussing all your options and advising you if we consider that you have a claim worth pursuing against the police.
How is your Data Breached?
Your data can be stored by the police in three main ways:
- Police National Computer (PNC);
- Court Records;
- Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR).
Unfortunately, with police data breaches almost 90% of all data breaches are human error and so could have been avoided by the people who are paid to protect you.
As almost all police and criminal databases are now digital this leaves big vulnerabilities in systems internally by staff or externally by cybercriminals.
In 2018, Gloucestershire police were fined £80,000 for revealing child abuse victims in an email.
Is a Police Data Breach Serious?
Of course, any information held by the Police is extremely sensitive and getting into the wrong hands could even cost lives.
At CEL Solicitors we understand that data held by the police is some of the most sensitive, serious and personal data you can hold so we appreciate the worry and late nights that a breach like this may cause you. Rest assured that all staff at CEL Solicitors are trained to sensitively deal with you and your claim from start to finish to ensure that you get the justice you deserve. At CEL Solicitors we listen, we care and we win!
Can I Make a Claim?
Yes, its easy and simple to make a claim through CEL Solicitors and speak with our experts and solicitors to get free initial legal advice on whether your data has been breached by the following organisations:
- The Ministry of Justice
- Probation Service
- Crown Prosecution Service.
In accordance with the law (GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018), the Police must inform you if your data has been breached, hacked, leaked, compromised or lost and that is the easiest way to know whether you have a claim for data breach against the police, prison or criminal and justice services.
If your data has been breached you do not need to have suffered a financial loss we can still help you to claim compensation for:
- mental health;
- physical suffering;
- or inconvenience of the breach.
So if your personal data and information have not been properly protected, you have a right to claim compensation even when you haven’t suffered financially as a result.
CEL Solicitors will provide free initial advice as to whether or not we consider that you have a data breach and we will take the stress away from making a claim by contacting the Police and holding them accountable by getting you the justice and compensation you deserve. This will also put pressure on the police to improve their internal and external practices and put better safety measures in place to ensure that this does not happen again to you.
How much compensation can you get for a Police data breach claim?
You can be awarded data breach compensation for:
- Financial loss;
- Breach of data;
- Emotional hurt;
We deal with each case on an individual basis as each case and circumstances are as unique as you. The amount of compensation you may receive will depend on:
- the severity of your circumstances;
- the sensitivity of the data ;
- the amount of financial loss;
- the severity of any associated emotional distress caused;
- as well as any other relevant factors.
On average at CEL Solicitors our clients receive just under £2,000 for a data breach, which is much higher than the £750 outlined in test law however as stated above this can increase to up to £25,000+ or decrease depending on the individual circumstances of the case and severity of the data breach.