A Guide To Credit Card Data Breach Claims

If you have suffered a credit card data breach, you may be wondering if you can claim. This guide will explore what constitutes a personal data breach and what steps you could take in order to seek compensation.

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Credit card data breach claims guide

We will discuss what legislation is in place to keep your personal data safe while aiming to answer questions such as, ‘how do I claim compensation for a data breach?’ and ‘how much compensation can you get for a breach of the UK GDPR?’

Furthermore, we will discuss the benefits of working with a No Win No Fee solicitor to support you through the claims process. Contact our advisors if you have any further questions about making a credit card data breach claim. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to offer you free legal advice.

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  1. Can I Claim For A Credit Card Data Breach? – A Guide
  2. What Is A Credit Card Data Breach?
  3. How To Report A Data Protection Breach
  4. What Could I Receive From A Data Breach?
  5. Why Make A No Win No Fee Data Breach Compensation Claim?
  6. Learn More About Making A Credit Card Data Breach Claim

Can I Claim For A Credit Card Data Breach? – A Guide

The UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA) are key pieces of data protection legislation. Under this legislation, all data controllers and data processors are responsible for handling personal data in compliance with the steps outlined in the UK GDPR and DPA. If they fail to do so, and this causes a personal data breach that results in harm, you may be able to claim data breach compensation.

A data controller makes the decisions on how and why your personal data is used. A data processor then processes this data in line with these instructions.

Personal data breaches occur when your personal data is lost, destroyed, altered, accessed, or disclosed without authorisation in a security incident. Personal data can be found in many places, from your passport to your medical records, and can include any information that identifies you, including your:

  • Full name
  • Address
  • Date of birth
  • Postcode

Continue reading to learn how a credit card data breach occurs and what steps you can take to start the claims process. Alternatively, you can call our advisors at any time that suits you for free legal advice.

What Is A Credit Card Data Breach?

A credit card data breach is a security incident that affects the security, confidentiality, or integrity of your credit card details. A breach of this nature can occur for multiple reasons. For instance, there may be a bank data breach that compromises your credit or debit card data. Some examples of how a personal data breach could occur include:

  • An employee sends a credit card bill containing your credit card details to the wrong address, allowing unauthorised parties access to your personal data
  • An email data breach could occur if an online retailer emails a receipt containing credit card details to the wrong recipient
  • If an organisation does not have adequate cybersecurity policies in place, this could allow cybercriminals to steal personal data such as your credit card details

Under data protection legislation, you can seek compensation for the breach of both physical and digital data so long as you can prove unlawful action from the data controller or data processor caused the data breach which led to you sustaining damage.

How To Report A Data Protection Breach

If your data is breached, and the breach could affect your freedoms or rights, the organisation should reach out to inform you that your sensitive information was compromised without undue delay.

Alternatively, you may discover the breach yourself. In this circumstance, you can approach the organisation with your findings, requesting information on how the breach occurred and what information was breached.

However, if they do not reply, or if their response is unsatisfactory, you can make a complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). This must be done within three months of your last meaningful contact with the organisation.

The ICO is an independent organisation that upholds data protection laws. While you cannot claim compensation through the ICO, they may investigate the breach on your behalf.

Our advisors can offer free legal advice to support you with your credit card data breach claim. Get in touch today to learn more.

What Could I Receive From A Data Breach?

If you’ve suffered from psychological injuries as a result of a credit card data breach, you can seek compensation for non-material damage. This can include harm such as distress, anxiety, and depression.

Legal professionals often use the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) to help them value data breach claims. This publication provides compensation brackets relating to a number of physical and psychological injuries. Below, you can find some examples of these figures relating to non-material damage.

Psychological Injury (a)Severe£54,830 - £115,730Marked problems are occur in injured person’s ability to cope with daily activities and life.
Psychological Injury (b)Moderately Severe£19,070 - £54,830The prognosis is more optimistic, but disabilities similar to the above continue to prevent the injured person from returning to work.
Psychological Injury (c)Moderate£5,860 - £19,070Improved symptoms by the time of trial bring about a good prognosis.
Psychological Injury (d)Less Severe£1,540 - £5,860For this award bracket, the length of disability and how the symptoms affect daily life are both considered.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (a)Severe£59,860 - £100,670All aspects of life are affected due to the claimant's inability to function as they would have pre-trauma.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (b)Moderately Severe£23,150 - £59,860Professional treatment can assist in easing the severity of injuries, but significant disabilities will persist.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (c)Moderate£8,180 - £23,150The injured person will make a large recovery with only non-disabling effects that remain.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (d)Less Severe£3,950 - £8,180A virtually full recovery can be achieved within 1-2 years, and any remaining symptoms are minor.

It is important to note that these figures are guidelines and not guarantees of what you may receive. Contact our advisors today for a free valuation of your claim.

Claiming For A Credit Card Data Breach – Financial Losses

Financial losses that are a direct result of the breach can be reimbursed through material damage. For example, if your credit card details were compromised, money may have been stolen from your account. This can also lead to further negative impacts on your credit score.

Call our advisors using the number at the top of the page to learn more about what you could claim. 

Why Make A No Win No Fee Data Breach Compensation Claim?

Our panel of data breach solicitors offer a No Win No Fee service through a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). Through a CFA, you can receive legal representation, generally without having to pay upfront fees or ongoing costs.

You’re only required to pay your solicitor for their services in the form of a success fee at the end of a successful claim. This sum is taken from your settlement total as a percentage, though this percentage is legally capped. If your claim doesn’t succeed, you don’t pay this fee.

Contact our advisors today to learn more about how a solicitor from our panel could help you.

Contact Us Today For Free Legal Advice

When you contact our team of advisors, they can tell you if you are eligible to claim. In this case, they may be able to put you in contact with an expert solicitor from our panel to help you start your claim. To get in touch:

Learn More About Making A Credit Card Data Breach Claim

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Writer Jess Allen

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