Data Breach Compensation Examples – What Could You Claim?

By Stephen Moreau. Last Updated 14th December 2023. Have you suffered harm from a data breach? Are you looking for data breach compensation examples? This article will examine different types of data breach compensation damages as well as provide statistics for data breaches. We will also elaborate on the criteria for making a personal data breach claim and how No Win No Fee solicitors could help you.

When personal information is breached it cannot only cause financial implications but also have a bearing on a person’s mental health.

Data Breach Compensation Examples

Data Breach Compensation Examples

If you believe you have been subjected to a data breach, then get in touch with our advisors today. They are available all day and can determine whether you have grounds for a claim and they may pass it to our panel of No Win No Fee solicitors who can help begin the claiming compensation process. Contact our advisors by: 

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  1. Data Breach Compensation Amounts In The UK
  2. When Can I Claim A Data Breach Compensation Amount?
  3. What Is A Personal Data Breach?
  4. Examples of How A Data Breach Can Happen
  5. What Evidence Do I Need To Make A Data Breach Claim?
  6. Begin Your No Win No Fee Data Breach Claim Today

Data Breach Compensation Amounts In The UK

A data breach claim can provide compensation for material damage and/or non-material damage. Material damage refers to financial losses caused by the data breach that has affected you. For example, if your debit card information was compromised, this could result in unknown charges being made to that card.

Non-material damage covers psychological harm, such as stress, that has been caused by the personal data breach.

Those valuing your claim may refer to the compensation guidelines found within the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). These guidelines are assigned to a variety of different physical and psychological injuries. We have listed some of these guidelines in the table below.

The table should be viewed as a guide only. Please also note that the top entry in this table is an estimated figure that is not taken from the JCG.

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Serious impact to mental health with significant financial losses Up to £150,000+ The claimant has experienced a severe impact to their mental health with a poor prognosis, leading to substantial monetary losses, such as loss of earnings.
Severe mental damage £54,830 to £115,730 The claimant will have a poor prognosis as all aspects of the person’s life will be negatively affected.
Moderately severe mental damage £19,070 to £54,830 Work and social life as well as relationships will be greatly affected. There is a more optimistic prognosis than above if professional help is sought.
Moderate mental damage £5,860 to £19,070 Good overall recovery any symptoms that remain should not be too significant.
Less severe mental damage £1,540 to £5,860 The amount the persons life is affected and how long the disability lasts will play a major role here.
Severe PTSD £59,860 to £100,670 Post traumatic stress disorder as its most severe and a return to pre trauma levels will not be possible.
Moderately severe PTSD £23,150 to £59,860 Some recovery can be achieved with the right professional help.
Moderate PTSD £8,180 to £23,150 A good recovery will have already been achieved minor symptoms may persist.
Less severe PTSD £3,950 to £8,180 A near full recovery within 1-2 years.

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When Can I Claim A Data Breach Compensation Amount?

Data controllers and data processors must adhere to the Data Protection Act 2018 and the UK General Data Protection Regulation. Controllers set the purpose for processing and data processors act on their instruction. If they failed to adhere to these pieces of legislation it could lead to a personal data breach. 

In order to make a personal data breach claim for compensation, you must prove the following:

  • There were failings on the part of the controller or processor to adhere to the UK GDPR and DPA 2018.
  • This led to a personal data breach.
  • You experienced financial loss, emotional harm, or both as a result. 

Continue reading to find out more about what a personal data breach is and how one could occur. Alternatively, call an advisor on the number above to discuss your eligibility to seek data breach compensation amounts.

What Is A Personal Data Breach?

To understand data breach compensation examples, it would be helpful to break the terms down. A data breach happens when your personal data, as a data subject, has been compromised in a security incident. Personal data is any identifiable information such as:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Email address
  • Home address

The data security incident could involve personal data being altered, lost, disclosed, destroyed or accessed without a lawful basis. Some examples of data breaches can include:

  • An email containing personal data was sent to the wrong email address
  • Lost USBs containing personal medical files on public transport
  • Improper use of Bcc (blind carbon copy)

In situations where data subjects make a successful data breach claim they will have supported their case with evidence that personal data was breached. Also showing how those who should have protected their data failed to take the necessary action and that they suffered harm, financially and/or mentally as a result.

There are two main entities that have a role to play when protecting personal data they handle:

  • Data controllers – They lay out the purpose and means of processing your data.
  • Data processors – An external third party that data controllers use to process your data.

Continue to read for personal data breach compensation examples and what you could possibly claim. 

Examples of How A Data Breach Can Happen

There are several ways a data breach might typically occur, for example, through a cyber crime, such as a ransomware attack or phishing scam, or as a result of a human error. In this section, we focus on human error examples of a data breach.

As such, examples of how a data breach can happen as a result of human error can include:

  • An organisation may fail to use BCC (blind carbon copy) when sending out an email, exposing your email address to any other recipients.
  • A letter containing your personal information being sent to the wrong postal address by an organisation, despite having your correct home address on file.
  • An employer discussing your personal data with the wrong person over the phone due to failing to carry out the necessary identity checks.

In cases where data controllers fail to adhere to data security legislation, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) can penalise the companies who have breached data protection legislation. The highest amount that can be fined is £17.5 million or 4% of the total annual worldwide turnover. They will take whichever amount is higher.  

Contact our advisors whenever it is most convenient for you. They are available 24/7 and can discuss the data breach compensation you could be awarded following a successful claim.

What Evidence Do I Need To Make A Data Breach Claim?

To be eligible to start a data breach claim, you will need evidence of the material or non-material damage the breach of your personal data has caused. You’ll also need evidence that establishes that a data controller or data processor failed to comply with data protection legislation, and that this is what led to the personal data breach

Evidence may include the following:

  • A letter of notification from the organisation responsible confirming that the breach occurred and that it is a data breach affecting your personal data.
  • Medical records or the results of an independent medical assessment confirming that you suffered from mental or emotional distress as a result of the breach.
  • Letters or emails to or from the ICO, such as the results of an investigation, a statement regarding the breach, or the results of a complaint you lodged.
  • Evidence of any financial harm, such as bank statements that show money stolen from your account.

For more advice on collecting evidence when claiming for a data breach, or to discuss other matters such as data breach compensation examples, contact our advisors today.

Begin Your No Win No Fee Data Breach Claim Today

After reading about data breach compensation examples, you may want to claim. Having a solicitor help with the process of making a data breach claim can make the whole process feel a lot easier. They cannot only gather the relevant information and evidence needed to prove your claim but they can also refer to data protection law to show who may be liable in your case. 

Our panel of No Win No Fee solicitors can assist with data breach claims through a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). 

Hiring a No Win No Fee solicitor this way requires no upfront or ongoing fees to be paid and you pay no money to your solicitor if your claim fails. Your solicitor will only take a success fee if your claim succeeds. The fee is a lawfully-capped percentage of your compensation that they take to cover their service.

Contact our advisors today and they can help determine whether your claim is valid and they may pass it to a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel who can help start your claim. Get in touch today about data protection claims by:

  • Filling out our online claims form to report your personal data breach.
  • Completing our call back form so a member of our team can contact you at a convenient time about your potential personal data breach claim.
  • Calling us on 020 3870 4868

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