Breach of data protection - compensation claims

The Data Protection Act 1998 imposes certain obligations on public bodies when it comes to how they handle your personal data. The obligations require those public bodies to maintain up to date and accurate records, ensure that personal data is stored securely and not disclose personal data to third parties without a lawful reason.  

If the police or any public body/authority have failed in their obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998 and you have incurred damage as a direct result of their failure to comply with their obligations under the Act, then you may be able to claim compensation. 

For advice on data protection claims against the police or any other public body/authority contact our specialist team on 0175 321 5096.

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Data protection claims against Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunal Service (HMCTS)

If the court service has failed to maintain up-to-date records and this has led to you being detained when you should not have been or detained for longer than you should have been, then a compensation claim may be possible.  

Data protection claims against the local authority

If the local authority has disclosed your personal data to third parties without your permission or other lawful excuse and you have suffered damage as a result, then a compensation claim may be possible. Alternatively, if a failure to maintain accurate and up to date records by the local authority has led you to incur damage, then you may be entitled to claim compensation.  

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