Fletchers Data Claims

Flintshire Council Data Breach

Flintshire Council has recently been affected by a data breach which saw the personal details of dozens of residents published online. The breach has impacted respondents to Flintshire Council’s Local Development Plan; a blueprint which sets out locations of up to 7,000 new homes that could be built over the next decade. The document attracted feedback from hundreds of individuals who expressed concerns about the strain on local services.

Following the comments being made public on the council’s website, it was soon noted that the personal details of some respondents had been leaked; including their names and contact information. Victims claim to have since been contacted and harassed on social media.

How do I know if my data has been breached by Flintshire Council?

If you are one of the 66 people affected, you should have already received an apology from the council. The incident has also been referred to the Information Commissioner’s Office, although reports state they have decided not to pursue the matter further.

However, if you have any concerns about the breach and how it may have affected you, please contact our expert team for guidance. The incident is a clear breach of GDPR and those affected are within their rights to seek legal guidance. Judging by the comments of some of those affected, there may well be some severe psychological impacts to take into account.

Who are we?

Fletchers Data Claims is a legal service provided by Fletchers Solicitors, a Top 100 UK Law Firm with over 30 years experience of fighting for consumer rights. If you have been the victim of a data breach then you may be entitled to claim for compensation for any losses or damage caused, as well as the distress that the incident has caused. The Fletchers Data Claims service is there to represent your interests and help you claim back the compensation you are entitled to either through an individual claim against the organisation that breached your data or in some cases, through representing you and others are part of a large group action (often called a ‘class action’).

How do I claim?

If your data was part of the Flintshire Council data breach then you may be entitled to compensation for the distress caused by the breach. Even if you are lucky and the breach did not result in any specific loss or damage, you are still rightly entitled by law to claim compensation for the distress caused by the incident. It is important that local authorities treat your data lawfully and with care and respect, and are held to account when they fail to do so.

In most cases of claim for distress following a data breach, the minimum level of damages to be sought at a settlement stands between £750 to £1,000, but with any data breach the value could be much higher depending on the circumstances and effects of the breach.

If the breach has caused you specific losses and damages or was particularly sensitive in nature then the amount of compensation could be significantly higher. For example, if your details were used to falsely obtain money from you then you may be entitled to a higher amount of compensation as well as claiming back any funds that were handed over. This is why it is important to contact a knowledgeable legal team like us to ensure that your case is properly assessed and the right amount of compensation is awarded.

All advice provided is free of charge and if we take your case on, we always work on a no win-no fee basis. That means if your claim following a data breach is not successful, you will not be charged a penny.