It’s not uncommon for companies to neglect the data laws that protect your personal data. This can lead to everything from unwelcome sales contact from unknown companies to more serious cases such as the publication of private and intimate data, identity theft and fraud.
However, when an organisation or company collects and uses your personal data, it has a legal duty of care to make sure it’s used as described when collected. If you believe your data has been misused, our team of experienced data protection solicitors can help you.
The impact of a data protection breach can be huge. While making a claim can’t undo all the damage caused by a data breach, it can help towards the cost of any financial damages as well as the emotional distress you’ve experienced.
What is GDPR?
In May 2018, stricter rules came into force in the EU meaning companies have an even stronger duty of care over your data than they did previously. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been described as “the biggest ever overhaul of data legislation” – and the penalties for breaching this law will be far more severe than they currently were.
The new rules place more importance on your right to your own data and strengthens requirements on businesses which collect, store or use your personal data to make sure it’s accurate, current, accessible to you, and is still being used for the purpose that was declared to you when it was collected. Otherwise, the company has to delete any data no longer needed for that purpose.
Whether your employer, your healthcare provider or anyone you share details with misuses your data, you’ll be able to make a claim for damages. For more information on GDPR rights, visit Citizens Information.
To discuss how GDPR and Data Protection Laws may affect you now, get in touch with our friendly and experienced data protection team today.