Public Sector Data Breach Claims

If you have been the victim of a public sector data breach, we can help.

Get justice for a public sector data breach violation

The public sector handles some of our most sensitive personal data, so a data breach can be disastrous.

Modern governance and the delivery of public services require sharing a wide range of our sensitive information. But reliance on unsecured legacy software and a lack of preparation for dealing with cyber-attacks has made the sector vulnerable.

As well as being lucrative to hackers, the public sector is also struggling to train its staff and put robust data management practices in place. So, human error remains the leading cause of breaches, and people across the country are left paying the price.

There are many different types of public sector data breaches to watch out for, including:

Local Councils. Almost 100 million cyber-attacks hit Britain’s local authorities in just five years. But it is human error rather than hackers that are the leading cause of breaches in the sector.

Social Services. Social Services safeguard and promote vulnerable children. As such, it deals with sensitive personal and personal data. If this information is breached, the consequences can be disruptive and upsetting.

Housing Associations. The number of incidents of data breaches is increasing across the housing association sector.

Health & Emergency Services. The NHS and the police handle a lot of sensitive personal data. So it is vital that this is robustly protected, and that officers, medical staff, and suppliers know how to work with this information securely. However, all too often, this is not happening.

Schools. A failure to invest in adequate staff data protection training means that data privacy violations are happening all too often in our local authority-run schools.

If you have been a victim of a public sector data breach, we can help you make a no-win, no-fee claim for compensation.

Contact us today for a free, no-obligation, assessment of your case.

Cases we handle at Keller Lenkner UK

At Keller Lenkner UK, our expert lawyers deal with a wide range of public sector data breach cases every day.

Keller Lenkner UK has gained an enviable reputation in data breach law. And, with a team of data breach experts led by Kingsley Hayes – arguably the UK’s foremost data breach solicitor – and considerable expertise in this field, it’s easy to see why. Here are just some examples of the public sector cases our data protection lawyers have dealt with…

Nichola’s* social services data breach claim

Nichola contacted social services to make an application for child support from her ex-partner. She was unequivocal that her address must remain confidential as there was a history of abuse.

Despite this, social services disclosed Nichola’s address to her ex, leading to considerable upset, fear, and stress.

We are helping Nichola to claim compensation following this grave data breach.

Margaret’s* police pension data breach claim

A fellow police officer contacted Margaret. The officer had been sent Margaret’s annual pension statement in error. 

This included a vast range of personal data. 

We are helping Margaret to claim for the breach of her pension data.

Mary and Ben’s* school data breach

Mary & Ben adopted Sarah when she was a baby. They planned to tell Sarah about her adoption when she was older. However, her local authority-run school sent documents referencing Sarah’s adoption to the wrong address. The information ended up with a neighbour who opened and read the documents before sharing Sarah’s adoption status with other people in the local community.

Sarah subsequently found out that she was adopted, leading to considerable distress for her and her family.

We are helping Mary and Ben to claim compensation for this shocking privacy violation.

*Names have been changed to protect client confidentiality.

Our current public sector group actions

In some cases, you won’t be the only person to experience a data breach. In these instances, it might be worth joining a group action. Our current public sector data breach actions include:


The DVLA makes money selling the names and addresses of registered vehicle owners to private parking companies so they can issue fines. If you have been issued with a parking charge notice you could be affected and due compensation.

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Hackney Council

Hackney Council was sit by a serious cyberattack that affected most of its services. If you think you may have lost data in this incident, contact Keller Lenkner and we will help you to investigate that loss.

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Police Federation

In 2019, The Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) suffered a severe data breach following a ransomware cyber-attack hit the PFEW headquarters. Around 120,000 current and former officers are affected.

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In August 2019, over 750 annual benefit statements were sent to the wrong postal addresses. These statements were for police officers of Sussex Police.
Equiniti, a company that provides support, communications and technology platforms to help manage company pensions, was responsible for distributing these statements.

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Why claim public sector data breach compensation?

Hold public sector organisations to account for failing to protect your private information.

Receive financial compensation for your losses.

Force the public sector to implement better data security.

Why use Keller Lenkner UK to make a claim?

We are one of the most experienced multi-claimant law firms in the UK.

We represent clients in group actions and individual cases with innovation, resources, and expertise.

We work with expert barristers to ensure you get the very best level of legal support available.

We have all the resources and global expertise necessary to take on complicated cases and win.

We have offices in Chancery Lane, London and Liverpool City Centre, and the technology to provide a nationwide service.

We use technology to deliver a better legal experience to our clients.

We work on a no-win, no-fee basis.

We make the process straightforward and hassle-free.

We can make public sector data breach claims against:


Latest news

Another Afghan MoD data breach uncovered

Earlier this week, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) experienced a severe data breach that could put the lives of Afghan interpreters and their families at risk. Following this shocking data privacy failure, the MoD has experienced another data breach; this time potentially compromising the safety of Afghans who may be eligible to relocate to the UK.

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Data stolen from social housing group

Property service company Liberty has suffered a cyberattack. The business provides property services for housing associations, local authorities, and private companies. Liberty is part of social housing group ForViva, which manages homes on behalf of thousands of tenants across the North West.

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Has the DVLA breached your data?

Around 16 million people may be affected by this improper handling of data, and if you have received a private parking fine from 2016 to present day, you could be due thousands of pounds in compensation.

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What can you claim for?

While each case is judged on its own merits, there are some things we would typically look for when it comes to when claiming compensation following a data breach, cybercrime or other GDPR violation:

Financial loses

With stolen data, cybercriminals can make purchases using your bank and credit cards, apply for credit in your name, set up fraudulent bank accounts and access your existing online accounts.


GDPR failures, cybercrime and data breaches can have a significant impact on you, both mentally and physically. They can cause or exacerbate anxiety, stress and other psychological conditions.

Loss of privacy

Your data has value, and organisations must be held to account if they fail to protect your right to data privacy or otherwise do not uphold your GDPR rights.

How to protect yourself following a data breach or cybercrime

  • Contact your bank or credit card provider immediately if your financial data has been exposed.
  • Check all bills and emails for goods or services you have not ordered.
  • Check your bank account for unfamiliar transactions.
  • Alert your bank or credit card provider immediately if there is any suspicious activity.
  • Monitor your credit score for any unexpected dips.
  • Call Credit, Experian and Equifax to ensure credit isn’t taken out in your name.
  • Never provide your PIN or full password to anyone (even someone claiming to be from your bank).
  • Never been pressured into moving money to another account for fraud reasons. A legitimate bank won’t ask you to do this.
  • Follow the security instructions provided by the organisation that breached your data.
  • Never automatically click on any suspicious links or downloads in emails or texts.
  • Don’t assume an email or phone call is authentic just because someone has your details.
  • Be careful who you trust – criminals often use scare tactics to try and trick you into revealing your security details.
  • Know that, even if you recognise a name or number, it might not be genuine.
  • Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. A trustworthy organisation would never force you to make a financial transaction on the spot.
  • Never provide your full password, pin or security code to someone over the phone (or via message). If a bank believes a transaction has been fraudulent, they will not ask for this information to cancel the transaction.
  • Listen to your instincts and ask questions if something feels “off”.
  • Refuse requests for personal or financial information and stop discussions if you are at all unsure.
  • Contact your bank or financial service provider on a number you know and trust to check if a communication is genuine.
  • Be cautious of unsolicited communications that refer you to a web page asking for personal data.
  • Don’t accept friend requests from people you don’t know on social media.
  • Review your online privacy settings.
  • Report suspected fraud attempts to the police and Action Fraud.
  • Register with the Cifas protective registration service to slow down credit applications made in your name.
  • Change your passwords regularly and use a different password for every account (a password manager can help with this).
  • Protect your devices with up-to-date internet security software.