Education Data Breach Claims

There has been a worrying rise in data breaches across the UK childcare and educational sector. 

If you have been the victim of an educational data breach, we can help.

Get justice for an educational data breach violation


Technology is delivering huge benefits across the education sector. But it also comes with huge risks. Especially as many schools are struggling to establish robust data protection processes. And this is leaving students, their families, and teachers vulnerable.

Schools handle a lot of sensitive personal data. And it’s vital that this is kept safe. Especially where children are involved. But today, competing priorities and limited budgets mean that data protection is often being overlooked. So it’s 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.

Nobody wants to sue their child’s school. But sometimes making a claim is the only way to force improvements in security.



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

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In 2020, over 100 educational and third-sector organisations were put at risk following a breach of the Blackbaud cloud platform. 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.

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UK Universities

Several UK universities are involved in a global privacy violation. This university data breach occurred as Blackbaud – a firm that provides education administration, fundraising, and financial management software – was targeted by cybercriminals.

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Why claim education data breach compensation?

Hold the educational provider to account for failing to protect your private information.


Receive financial compensation for your losses.


Force the education sector to implement better data security.

Examples of childcare and education data breaches


Educational data breaches are becoming all too common. Here are just some examples:

We can make educational data breach claims against:

Why use Keller Lenkner UK to make a data breach, GDPR violation, or cybercrime claim?


Your questions answered

See our answers to the FAQs we get asked about educational data breaches.

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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.