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Equiniti Data Breach Compensation Claims

Sussex police officers are affected.

Are you one of them?

If so, our group action can help.

Get justice for the Equiniti pension data breach

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.

The police annual benefit statements compromised in this breach included the following information:

  • name
  • National Insurance number
  • account number
  • salary banding
  • member reference
  • date of birth
  • police service details
  • current pension figure
  • projected pension figure.

This is a huge amount of personal and highly sensitive data. And the damage that could be caused should this fall into the wrong hands should not be underestimated.

Keller Lenkner UK has launched a group action against Equiniti. Group actions can be a powerful tool and can have a bigger impact than a single claim.

 IF YOU HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY THE EQUINITI DATA BREACH, WE CAN HELP YOU MAKE A NO-WIN, NO-FEE CLAIM FOR COMPENSATION.

Why claim Equiniti data breach compensation?

Hold Equiniti to account for failing to protect your private information.

 

Receive financial compensation for your losses.

 

Force companies to implement better data security.

Over 750 Sussex police officers have been affected by the Equiniti pension data breach.


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Equiniti Data Breach Timeline

 
  • August 2019
    • Sussex Police provided Equiniti with updated contact address details for their officers. These should have been updated on the relevant database. But, while the relevant office details were changed, home addresses were not.
    • Over 750 annual benefit statements were sent to the wrong postal addresses. These statements were for police officers of Sussex Police. Equiniti was responsible for distributing these statements.

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WHAT IS A GROUP ACTION?

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Your questions answered

See our answers to the FAQs we get asked about the Equiniti Data Breach.

FAQs about the Equiniti data breach

What happened in the Equiniti data breach?

On or around the 27th 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.

On 7th August 2019, Sussex Police had provided Equiniti with the correct, updated contact address details for these officers. These should have been updated on the relevant database. But, while the relevant office details were changed, home addresses were not. So, when it came to posting the pension statements, many were sent to the wrong house.

What information was compromised in the Equiniti data breach?

The police annual benefit statements compromised in this breach included the following information:

 

  • Name
  • National Insurance number
  • Equiniti account number
  • Salary banding
  • Member reference
  • Date of Birth
  • Police service details
  • Current pension figure
  • Projected pension figure.

 

This is a huge amount of personal and highly sensitive data. And the damage that could be caused should this fall into the wrong hands should not be underestimated. Criminals are perfectly capable of committing both identity fraud and financial theft with this information.

Who is affected by the data breach?

It is thought that over 750 Sussex police officers have been affected by this breach. A data breach is a serious failure, and it looks like Equiniti has neglected to protect these officers’ privacy rights. If your data was involved in this breach, you might be able to make an Equiniti compensation claim.

How do I make a compensation claim?

To join our Equiniti data breach group action compensation claim, you will need to register with us. This guarantees that you will form part of the compensation claims that will be lodged by us.

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.

Distress

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.

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