Category: Group Actions
For clients of the Transform Hospital Group, 2020 ended with the distressing news that their private data had been exposed in a malicious ransomware attack.
As a plastic surgery chain, the group holds extremely sensitive information about their patients, including surgery photos known as “before and after” images. It is understood that such photos are the subject of the ransomware attack, with some 500 gigabytes of it being held.
The affected customers may now be living in constant fear of their sensitive information being published online, as well as their details being misused in order to commit fraud or identity theft. With such sensitive information at risk, customers are, unsurprisingly, very distressed by the prospect of targeted exposure and humiliation. At the Group Action Lawyers, we have already begun taking on claimants, and we foresee that a group action may be brought if more claims are made, allowing us to launch a collective fight for justice.
Given recent development in the action, we believe that a British Airways data breach settlement could be imminent. The latest development in the British Airways group action has seen the airline notify the court of their intentions to seek negotiations to resolve the cases, a move which could prompt an out-of-court settlement of as much as £2.4 million if all victims join the action.
The update comes as pressure is ramped up on BA, and marks a significant change of approach as the airline previously seemed to be set on defending the claims all the way.
We believe that a settlement could bring significant compensation to registered claimants, helping to draw the long legal case to a successful close. The victims have been waiting since 2018, so we welcome the approach of a compensation pay-out. However, time is running out – we urge all victims to join the action if they haven’t already, as the deadline is fast approaching.
The People’s Energy data breach is one the latest large-scale breach cases to reach the headlines, reportedly affecting all 270,000 customers who entrusted their personal details to the company.
Among the details exposed were full names, dates of birth, addresses, and phone numbers, as well as the customer-specific tariff and energy meter IDs for some. Furthermore, the breach has adversely impacted small business customers of the energy provider, whose financial details were also understood to have been accessed in the hack.
Although the computer systems involved in the breach were shut down as soon as the problem became apparent, the small window of opportunity may have been enough for the hackers to obtain details that could serve as powerful tools in data misuse. We have taken cases forward, and we may be able to help you too if you are based in England or Wales.
If you have suffered as a result of complications arising from the use of Essure, perhaps leading to the removal of the device or a recommendation by your doctor to have Essure removed, you could be one of the many eligible to make Essure compensation claims with the Group Action Lawyers.
Essure is a form of permanent birth control that is usually fitted whilst a patient is awake. It is then designed to sterilise the recipient and was manufactured by Bayer HealthCare in the United States but has been fitted in women across the globe.
The reported rise of anti-depressants prescriptions for children could be a cause for concern, particularly when the use of anti-depressants is not generally recommended by the NHS for under 18’s.
Recent figures reportedly show over 1,500 children under the age of 5 were prescribed anti-depressants, with the numbers reaching over 91,000 for 16-year olds.
Any recent reported rise in anti-depressants prescriptions for children could be partially attributed to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in March. Many people, children included, have struggled to receive professional mental health services as the waiting times are so long. With the NHS staff under further pressure to cope during the pandemic, many surgeries and treatments have seen pauses and delays as resources are directed elsewhere.
The Prestige Software data breach has led to the potential exposure of the details for millions of guest records in an online cloud database breach.
Prestige Software is reportedly one of the largest online services for hotels, operating a management system that automates bookings for companies that include Booking.com, Expedia, and Hotels.com. It transpires that guest records have been stored in an open online cloud database that can be easily accessible to the public.
If your data has been exposed as part of a data breach, you could be eligible to make a data breach compensation claim with us. We have years of experience in data breach law and currently represent claimants across over 50 multi-party and group action claims. Get in touch today to begin your claim here. read more
The Wisepay data breach occurred between late evening on 2nd October and 10am on 5th October 2020.
It is understood that the school payments system was hacked over the weekend in question, meaning that parents’ sensitive information has been exposed. The Wisepay data breach is said to have affected around 300 school payment systems across the two-day period. The breach may have affected any parents who inputted their details into the payment page on their schools’ systems.
Wisepay took down their site as soon as the breach was discovered at 10am on the 5th October and have stated that only a small number of parents should have been affected as their system does not require daily payments.
In February 2020 a serious data breach occurred – the Sandicliffe car dealership cyberattack. If you have been affected by this breach, you could be eligible to make a compensation claim today.
It has not been confirmed exactly how many people are affected by the Sandicliffe car dealership cyberattack. However, the data breach is understood to have involved names, dates of birth, bank account numbers, sort codes, National Insurance numbers, passport scans, salary levels, and medical histories.
This data may not have been exposed for everyone affected, and it may be dependent on who they are and their role in the company, if they are an employee, as well as how much data was on record of each individual. However, in the wrong hands, this kind of information could end up being dangerous for those affected.
Ba fine issued: The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) announced that British Airways would receive a dramatically reduced fine of just £20 million.
The BA fine announcement came as a shock to many after the ICO’s proposed intention to fine was originally set at £183 million last year.
We are currently representing victims of the British Airways data breach for legal cases on a No Win, No Fee basis. If you have been affected by the breach, you could be eligible to join the group action claim now. Whilst the ICO has announced the hugely reduced BA fine, it is still vital that fight for the rights of the victims of the breach to get the justice that they deserve for the loss of control of their personal information.
The Flagship Group data breach occurred on Sunday 1st November, resulting in Flagship Group’s systems and online services having to be taken offline.
The Group has since taken down more of their systems to prevent the further spread of the cyberattack as well.
The extent of the breach remains unknown but the personal details for both customers and staff may have been exposed in the Flagship group data breach. In their housing branch, Flagship Homes, they are understood to currently employ over 1,200 staff and own and manage 31,000 homes in England. Based on these figures, it could be that a significant number of people have been affected by the incident.