In this guide, we will discuss the potential steps that could be taken if a Taxbuddi data breach were to happen and affect your personal data. In some instances, it may be possible for you to make a personal data breach claim. However, there are certain criteria that need to be met in order to do so. As you move through this guide, you will find information on eligibility, including the time limit for bringing forward legal proceedings.
Additionally, we discuss what a personal data breach is, how one could happen and the potential impact it could have on you.
Furthermore, we explore the responsibilities laid out in data protection laws that certain third parties must adhere to.
Finally, we discuss how data breach compensation settlements are calculated as well as what they could consist of.
To learn more, please get in touch with an advisor from our team by:
- Calling on 0161 696 9685
- Filling out our ‘contact us’ form
- Using the live chat service at the bottom of this page
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- Taxbuddi Data Breach – When Could You Claim Compensation?
- What Information Could Be Included If A Taxbuddi Data Breach Were To Occur?
- How Could You Be Affected Should A TaxBuddi Data Breach Happen?
- What Could I Do If I’m Impacted By A Data Breach?
- Calculating Compensation For Data Breach Claims
- Learn More About Claiming With No Win No Fee Solicitors
Data controllers, those responsible for setting the purpose for processing your personal data, and data controllers, those who act on behalf of the controller’s instructions, must adhere to data protection laws. The UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA) lay out the responsibilities these parties have to protect your personal data.
If there is a failure on the part of a controller or processor to adhere to these laws, it could lead to your personal data becoming breached. This could then cause you to experience emotional harm, financial loss or both together.
This is the criteria that must be met in order to begin a personal data breach claim. However, you also need to ensure you start legal proceedings within the limitation period. This is generally 6 years, but can be reduced to 1 year when claiming against a public body.
To learn more about the eligibility criteria for pursuing a claim for data breach compensation, please contact an advisor via the number above.
There are several types of personal data, which is information that can be used to identify you, such as your:
- Postal address
- Date of birth
- Email address
- Phone number
- Bank account details
- Credit and debit card details
Additionally, there is another type of personal data which is sensitive in nature and requires extra protection. This is known as special category data and can include personal data that reveals a person’s racial or ethnic origin.
To learn what steps you could potentially take if a Taxbuddi data breach were to happen and compromise your personal data, get in touch with an advisor on the number above.
There are several ways in which a personal data breach could affect you. Below, we have provided examples of how a breach of your personal data could occur and the way you could be impacted as a result.
- An organisation does not update their cybersecurity systems which leads to a hacker stealing customer’s personal data in a ransomware attack, including bank details. This results in financial loss in the form of money being taken from your account and loans being taken out in your name.
- Despite having the correct email address on file for you, your personal data is sent to the wrong person. As a result, you experience anxiety and stress.
Find out about the potential steps you could take if you have evidence that your personal data was affected and you experienced loss of a financial nature or mental harm as a result.
If you have been impacted by a breach of your personal data, there are several steps you could take, including gathering evidence to support your potential claim. For example:
- You could contact the organisation responsible for the breach via letter or email to get information on how it occurred and what information was affected. You can use copies of the correspondence to support your claim.
- Seek medical help for any psychological harm you have experienced. You can request a copy of your medical records at a later date to support your case.
- Gather proof of any financial losses, such as bank statements and credit card statements.
Additionally, you may find it beneficial to seek legal representation. The experienced data breach solicitors on our panel could assist you with your claim by helping you gather evidence and guiding you through the different stages of the claims process.
To discuss the potential steps that could be taken should a Taxbuddi data breach happen, please contact our team of advisors.
Data breach claim values will differ depending on the specific circumstances of your case. However, the settlement awarded following a successful claim will aim to address the different damage you have experienced.
Firstly, non-material damage refers to the mental injuries you have experienced as a result of the personal data breach. In order to assign a value to this aspect of your claim, solicitors can use the guideline award brackets in the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) alongside any medical evidence provided in support of your case.
Whilst we have included some of these figures in the table below, you should only use them as a guide.
|Harm||Severity||Compensation Bracket - Guideline||Details|
|Psychological Harm||Severe||£54,830 to £115,730||A very poor prognosis and marked problems with respect to the person's ability to cope with different aspects of life, including work and relationships.|
|Moderately Severe||£19,070 to £54,830||Whilst there are still significant problems coping with different aspects of life, the person has a better prognosis.|
|Moderate||£5,860 to £19,070||The person shows improvement of a significant level and has a good prognosis.|
|Less Severe||£1,540 to £5,860||The payout is based on the length of the disability as well as the extent to which it affected daily life.|
|Reactive Disorder (Psychiatric)||Severe||£59,860 to £100,670||Due to permanent effects, the person cannot function at the same level as before the trauma.|
|Moderately Severe||£23,150 to £59,860||A better prognosis due to receiving professional help. Despite this, there are still issues that may cause a significant disability in the future.|
|Moderate||£8,180 to £23,150||Any ongoing issues won't be hugely disabling and the person will have made a significant recovery.|
|Less Severe||£3,950 to £8,180||The injured person has nearly fully recovered within 1-2 years.|
Material Damage In Data Breach Claims
Secondly, material damage refers to the monetary losses you have experienced as a result of the personal data breach. Compensation can be awarded to address losses such as:
- Damage to your credit score
- Money stolen from your bank account
- Credit cards or loans taken out in your name
However, you will need to provide evidence to support your claim. For example, you could provide bank statements to show any money taken from your account or credit report statements to highlight the impact on your credit rating.
An advisor from our team could offer you a personalised estimate of how much your potential claim could be worth. You can contact them by using the number above.
When working with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel, they could offer their services, such as helping you gather evidence, under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). This type of contract can allow you access to their services without having to pay upfront or ongoing fees. Also, if your case fails, no payment will be taken for the work they have completed.
If your case is successful, you will have to pay a success fee from your compensation to your solicitor. This will be agreed upon before your solicitor takes on your case and the amount they can take is subject to a restriction by law, which means that you can keep the majority of your compensation.
If you are interested in working with a solicitor from our panel on a No Win No Fee basis, please speak with an advisor. They can determine whether you’re eligible to pursue a claim for data breach compensation. If you are, they may assign a solicitor to represent your case.
We hope this guide on the potential steps you could take if a Taxbuddi data breach were to occur has helped. However, if you have any other questions, you can speak with an advisor. To get in touch, you can:
- Call on 0161 696 9685
- Fill out our ‘contact us’ form
- Use the live chat service at the bottom of this page
Find Out More About How To Claim For A Breach Of Tax Records
Below, you can find more of our helpful guides relating to data breach claims:
- A guide exploring how to claim if your files were lost in a data breach.
- Learn when you could be eligible to seek compensation following a criminal offence data breach.
- Find out whether you could claim if you suffered a text message data breach.
Additionally, you can find some resources below:
- Information Commissioner’s Office – Data security incident trends
- National Cyber Security Centre – Guidance For Data Breaches
- GOV – Make A Complaint
Thank you for reading this guide on what you could potentially do if a Taxbuddi data breach were to happen and affect your personal data. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with an advisor from our team.
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