Police Federation Data Breach
On the 9th March 2019, the Police Federation of England & Wales (PFEW) noticed that a cyber attack had infected their systems. The attack focussed on their headquarters at Federation House, in Surrey. Federation confirmed that a number of databases and systems were affected. Two days later, they reported themselves to the Information Commissioners office for a potential data breach. It seems clear from subsequent statements that they had an insufficient and unacceptable level of security protecting their systems and the personal data contained therein.
The Federation covers 120,000 police officers including constables, sergeants, inspectors and chief inspectors. It is not clear what type of attack this was or the amount of personal data that may have been breached. Clearly, the personal information of police officers is highly sensitive and could cause serious harm in the hands of criminals.
John Apter, PFEW National Chair, said in a statement: “We are deeply sorry that this has happened. The Police Federation takes data security very seriously and responded immediately on becoming alerted to the incident. Our priority has been to mitigate the damage caused by the attack and to protect the personal data of our members and others whose data we hold”
How do I know if my data has been breached by the Police Federation?
The Police Federation have said that they will be contacting those they feel may have been affected by the data breach. It is possible that they breach may have affected all 120,00 members, though it is not clear how many people they have contacted.
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 Police Federation’s 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 big organisations like the Police Federation 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. Given the fact that this is a potential leak of the personal details of police officers, which could now be in the hands of cyber criminals, the breach is clearly serious. 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.