There has been a worrying rise in data breaches across the UK childcare and educational sector. At the same time, many people are finding that their employers are not protecting their personal data.
Schools handle a lot of sensitive personal data, and it is vital that this is kept safe – especially where children are involved. But competing priorities and limited budgets mean that data protection is often being overlooked. So it is no wonder that schools, universities, and colleges have become an attractive target for hackers.
At the same time, a failure to invest in adequate staff data protection training means that human error is still the leading cause of data privacy violations in the education sector. The same is true when it comes to our workplaces, with inadequate data security resulting in employer data breaches and a failure in their duty of care.
Nobody wants to sue their child’s school or their employer. But sometimes, making a claim is the only way to force security improvements.
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 employment and education cases our data protection lawyers have dealt with…
Naveed made a bullying claim against someone at his work. HR investigated the complaint, and Naveed formally went through the grievance process. However, a member of HR left his file on top of a stack of boxes at work. This file contained specific details about the bullying Naveed had experienced and the allegations he was making.
A member of staff found and read the file and eradicated Naveed’s right to privacy.
We are helping Naveed to claim compensation for the breach of this sensitive employment data.
Mary & Ben adopted Sarah when she was a baby. They planned to tell Sarah about her adoption when she was older. However, her 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.
Bill’s employer was approached by an individual purporting to be a police officer. The imposter asked to see Bill’s personal details. The employer handed these over without checking the identification of the person making the request.
The man was not an officer, and once he had access to Bill’s details, he subjected him to a period of harassment and threats. Bill’s property was damaged, and he was extremely worried about the risk of physical harm.
We are helping Bill to claim compensation for the breach of his privacy and the emotional distress suffered.
*Names have been changed to protect client confidentiality.
In some cases, you won’t be the only person to experience the data breach. In these instances, it might be worth joining a group action. Our current education and employment group actions include:
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.
Many of the employees who have contacted us about compensation are extremely worried that Greencore could fire them for making a data breach claim.
At Keller Lenkner UK, we have been contacted by many current and former Ardagh employees who want to make a compensation claim for the data privacy failure. If you are thinking about making an Ardagh data breach compensation claim, here’s what you need to know.
In May 2020, over 100 educational, charitable, and third-sector organisations had their customer, donor, and membership data stolen. The breach happened when Blackbaud – a firm that provides administration, fundraising, and financial management software – was targeted by cybercriminals in a devastating cyber-attack. The hackers demanded a ransom in exchange for deleting the data, which Blackbaud paid.
Greencore, a leading UK manufacturer of convenience foods, has experienced a data breach affecting current and former employees. The business employs over 13,000 people, so the number of individuals involved is likely to be significant.
Why did it take Ardagh so long to warn employees that they could be at risk following its 2021 data breach?
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:
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.