Public bodies collect a significant amount of sensitive information about people and have a duty to use and store this data responsibly. If you have suffered financially or emotionally due to a public body mishandling your personal information, you may be able to make a data protection compensation claim.
You have the right for your personal information to be kept private and organisations can cause serious damage if they allow your data to get into the public domain. There can also be severe consequences if incorrect data is stored about you – incorrect medical records could prevent vital treatment and mistaken criminal history records could destroy your employment prospects.
The Data Protection Act and Human Rights Act set out rules to protect you and your personal data. However, public bodies such as the NHS, police and Local Authorities sometimes breach these rules put you at risk by:
Storing inaccurate or out-of-date information
Holding data longer than necessary
Making confidential data public
Failing to secure data from hackers or thieves
Using data outside its stated purpose
Your rights are infringed when a public body commits any of these errors. Our data protection solicitors are experienced in enforcing data corrections and removals when public bodies have made mistakes.
Data breaches can and do cause serious and lasting damage. We can ensure that mistakes are put right, private information stays private and that compensation is received for financial damage and emotional distress.
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