A Guide On Making A Claim For Student Accommodation Data Breach Compensation

You might be wondering, how to claim for a student accommodation data breach. If so, this guide could help as it will discuss the criteria that need to be met in order to be eligible to claim data breach compensation for the monetary damage and/or financial loss you suffered due to your personal data being compromised.

We also explain how two main pieces of legislation called the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA) must be complied with by certain parties to protect your personal data. The independent body set up to uphold information rights, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), describes these parties as controllers and processors. Controllers outline the purpose and use of data collection, whilst processors act on behalf of the controller. In some cases, the data controller will process the data themselves, they don’t always outsource the task to a processor.

Later in our guide, we explain how data breaches can happen and what evidence you can collect to strengthen your claim. After this, we look at how data breach compensation is calculated and how it can address the financial and/or emotional harm you suffered.

To conclude, we explain the benefits of working with a dedicated data breach solicitor from our panel to launch your claim.

To find out if your claim for a student accommodation data breach is eligible, take the first step of speaking to our team. They can provide an on-the-spot assessment and potentially connect you to a solicitor today. Find out more right now when you:

  • Ring our team on 0161 696 9685
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  1. How To Claim For A Student Accommodation Data Breach
  2. How Could You Suffer From A Student Accommodation Data Breach?
  3. Evidence That Could Be Used When Claiming For A Data Breach
  4. How Much Data Breach Compensation Could You Receive From A Student Data Breach?
  5. How Can A No Win No Fee Solicitor Help You Claim For A Student Accommodation Data Breach?
  6. More Resources About Data Breach Claims

How To Claim For A Student Accommodation Data Breach

A student accommodation provider or private landlord may hold several types of personal data which is any information that can be used to identify you, such as your name, address, email, contact numbers and banking information. They might also process special category data which is more sensitive and given extra protection. Examples can include personal data revealing your racial or ethnic origin and biometric data where used for identification purposes. Both data controllers and data processors must adhere to the UK GDPR and DPA 2018 to protect your personal data. A failure to do so could result in a personal data breach.

The ICO describe personal data breaches as a security incident that can affect the integrity and confidentiality of personal data, or it’s availability. It is important to note that accidental human error leading to a data breach as well as deliberate acts can be grounds for a data breach claim.

However, a valid data breach claim needs to show the following:

  • The controller or processor did not uphold their obligations to adhere to the DPA and UK GDPR. This is known as wrongful conduct.
  • Due to the wrongful conduct, your personal data was compromised in a breach.
  • Because of this, you suffered financial harm, emotional injury or both.

To see if you could claim for anxiety caused by a data breach or another type of psychological harm and/or monetary harm, please call our friendly team on the number above. Data breach claims can seem complex, so this is a good opportunity to access free information about when you can claim for a student accommodation data breach. 

How Could You Suffer From A Student Accommodation Data Breach?

Below, we look at examples of how a student accommodation provider could fail to adhere to data protection laws in a way that causes a personal data breach:

  • Admin staff working for the student accommodation provider typed your address incorrectly in human error and personal information, including your bank account details to confirm how you will pay for rent, is sent to the wrong postal address. As a result, money is stolen from your account and you suffer financial loss.
  • You were asked to provide a copy of your passport to show you have the right to reside in the UK. However, the scan you provided was not stored securely allowing unauthorised parties to access it. As a result, you suffer anxiety and distress due to the breach of your sensitive information.

To discuss your specific case and find out whether you’re eligible to make a personal data breach claim for psychological harm, such as mental health problems were made worse by a data breach, and/or financial loss, such as money stolen from your account, get in touch with an advisor today.

Evidence That Could Be Used When Claiming For A Data Breach

It’s important to consider evidence when asking ‘When can you claim for a student accommodation data breach?’. Evidence can help demonstrate that your personal data was compromised in a breach caused by wrongful conduct and that this led to you suffering mental harm and/or monetary loss. As such, you could benefit from taking the following steps to gather as much evidence as possible that can strengthen your potential claim:

  • Under data protection law, all organisations must alert you to a data breach that jeopardises your freedoms and rights. This should be done without undue delay. Any correspondence you have with the organisation could help support your case, such as a letter of notification or emails.
  • If you notice the data breach issue first, you can contact the organisation and raise a complaint yourself. Should you fail to receive a satisfactory response, or any response, you could make a complaint to the ICO. The ICO may investigate the issue and their findings can be used as evidence. The ICO cannot award compensation, however.
  • Keep any documentation that proves financial loss and medical evidence that indicates you suffered emotional harm. For example, bank statements and credit reports can help show any monetary damage, whilst copies of reports from a doctor could help show any psychological damage.

If you’re eligible, you could instruct a solicitor to help you build your case and claim compensation. The experienced data breach solicitors from our panel could assist as they have experience handling claims for data breaches. To learn more, please get in touch on the number above.

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How Much Data Breach Compensation Could You Receive From A Student Data Breach?

If your claim for a student accommodation data breach is a success, you could receive compensation for two types of damage.

Non-material damage refers to the emotional harm created by the breach. To apply a value to this, those tasked with calculating non-material damage can look at the available medical evidence of your diagnosed psychological injury.

In addition to this, the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) can be consulted. This publication lists compensation brackets for a wide array of physical and psychological injuries. You’ll find a selection of these figures in the table below, but please note, because each claim varies they are to be read only as guidelines. Also, the top entry derives from a source other than the JCG.

Award Guidelines

Type of HarmSeverityNotesAward Bracket Guidelines
Severe Psychological Damage and Substantial Financial LossSevereSettlements here may include compensation for significant psychological harm and associated substantial financial losses that stem from it, such as inability to earn a living.Up to £250,000 plus
General Psychological Injury(a) SevereThe person will suffer marked problems coping with different areas of life such as work and relationships and a very poor prognosis for the future is indicated.£54,830 to £115,730
(b)Moderately Severe Significant issues similar to the bracket above but with a better future prognosis indicated.£19,070 to £54,830
(c) ModerateA significant improvement and a good prognosis despite there being similar issues to the brackets above.£5,860 to £19,070
(d) Less SevereThe award given takes into account the duration of injury and the level of impact into areas such as sleep and daily activities.£1,540 to £5,860
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)(a) Severe The person will suffer permanent and negative effects to all aspects of their life. They will be unable to function at a pre-trauma level.£59,860 to £100,670
(b) Moderately Severe Cases in this bracket see a more positive prognosis due to the person receiving professional help. However, the effects are still likely to result in a significant disability for the foreseeable future.£23,150 to £59,860
(c) ModerateA substantial recovery and symptoms that persist are not considered to be grossly disabling.£8,180 to £23,150
(d) Less Severe Nearly a complete recovery within 2 years and only minor issues lasting beyond this period.£3,950 to £8,180

Material Losses In A Student Data Breach

Material damage describes the financial losses you have suffered from the personal data breach. For example, the stress may have meant you were unable to work and missed out on income. Other examples include:

  • Stolen funds or loans taken out in your name due to breached credit and debit card information.
  • Damage to your credit score.
  • Counselling costs to deal with the stress.

You must have evidence to prove these losses in order to claim them back.

Speak to our team for personalised guidance on how much compensation for a data breach you could be awarded.

How Can A No Win No Fee Solicitor Help You Claim For A Student Accommodation Data Breach?

If you meet the eligibility criteria to claim data breach compensation, you could instruct a data breach solicitor from our panel to help you.

The solicitors on our panel can represent eligible claimants under a version of a No Win No Fee contract. Typically, they might suggest a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). There are a host of advantages to working with a solicitor in this way:

  • You don’t have to pay upfront fees or ongoing costs for your solicitor’s services.
  • If your claim has a failed outcome, you won’t pay for the solicitor’s completed work.

Under the terms of a CFA, a fee applies if the claim wins. This is called a success fee and it is a percentage of the compensation awarded. However, this percentage is subject to a legal cap which means you benefit first and foremost from your compensation.

If you think an arrangement like this is of interest, speak to our team. They will run through a brief assessment of your case. If your data breach claim appears strong and you have valid grounds to proceed, they could connect you to a specialist solicitor to help. To find out more, you can:

  • Ring our team on 0161 696 9685
  • Contact us at a time that suits you online.
  • Ask an advisor any question through the chat option below.

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More Resources About Data Breach Claims

The following guides from our website may also be helpful:

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Thank you for taking time out to read our guide answering the question ‘When can you claim for a student accommodation data breach?’. If you have any other questions, please get in touch with an advisor using the contact details above.