fbpx

Greater Manchester Police Data Breach Claims

If your data has been put at risk in this data breach, you may be able to claim with Keller Lenkner UK.

Get justice for the Greater Manchester Police data breach

 

The personal details of victims of crime in Greater Manchester have been put online by mistake. 

The data breach affects victims of sexual abuse, witnesses and people reporting crime. According to the Force, no informant details were breached.

Thousands of people are thought to be affected. 

The breach happened when a software contractor uploaded historical crime data as part of a test. This data included displays, graphs and statistics which linked to more confidential information. With a simple click, anyone could have accessed the names of victims, and the area where the crimes took place. Data related to ongoing incidents was not breached.

The breach is under investigation by Greater Manchester Police and a separate investigation has been launched by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

Keller Lenkner UK  is considering a no win, no fee group action against Greater Manchester Police. Group actions can be a powerful tool and can have a bigger impact than a single claim.

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

Why claim Greater Manchester Police data breach compensation?

Hold the police to account for failing to protect your private information.

 

Receive financial compensation for your losses.

 

Force the police to implement better data security.

The impact of the Greater Manchester Police data breach could be severe

 

There is no evidence that the information has been accessed by anyone outside Greater Manchester Police, but many victims impacted by this breach are understandably very distressed. Indeed, data breaches can cause or exacerbate anxiety, stress and other psychological conditions. 

Find out more about the emotional impact of a data breach. 

Crucially, victims of sex crimes have a legal right to remain anonymous, so this is a very serious privacy violation.

 

Greater Manchester Police Data Breach Timeline

 
  • 1st October 2020. A  massive data breach at GMP was reported. The story came from an anonymous whistleblower.
  • 2nd October 2020. In a statement, GMP said that it was aware of a possible data breach, and that an investigation was ongoing.

Latest News

WHAT IS A GROUP ACTION?

 

Find out more about making a group action claim for compensation.

WHAT DOES NO-WIN, NO-FEE MEAN?

 

What does no-win, no-fee actually mean and are there really no costs if you appoint us?

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

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.

JOIN OUR NO-WIN, NO-FEE GROUP ACTION