Newham Council Data Breach Claims

The personal information of 203 people who were featured on a Metropolitan Police intelligence database has been leaked by a London council, resulting in a fine from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

Newham Council has been hit with a £145,000 fine after it was found to have disclosed the sensitive personal data of alleged gang members included in a Gangs Matrix database. The data included dates of birth and home addresses, as well as information on potential gang associations and criminal activities.

This data breach represents, amongst other things, a significant risk to the personal safety of those individuals whose personal data was leaked by the London council, and other people living at the addresses mentioned. The ICO criticised the Council’s “unnecessary, unfair and excessive” decision to share an unredacted version of the data in an unsecure email to 44 recipients.

If you have been affected by the Newham Council data breach, JMW Solicitors is on hand to help you claim for compensation and provide the legal support you need.

What are the risks of the leak?

The unredacted Gangs Matrix data was shared by Newham Council in January 2017, despite a redacted version of the report being readily available, and the risks associated with transferring this kind of sensitive information being clear and obvious.

Additionally, the council had no policies in place to determine how its own staff and partner organisations should handle the Gangs Matrix databases securely, nor did it report the data breach to the ICO - in fact, the council’s own internal investigation into the leak did not start until December 2017.

It has been reported that many of the people who featured on the Gangs Matrix ended up being victims of serious gang violence in the aftermath of the leak.

Can you make a legal claim?

If your personal data has been leaked by the London council, or you believe that you may have been affected or put in danger as a result of the Gangs Matrix data breach, then you may be entitled to compensation.

Is there an upfront cost?

In the case of serious data leaks of this kind, JMW Solicitors will usually adopt a ‘No Win, No Fee’ arrangement and consider other funding options, meaning there will be no upfront cost.

JMW’s expertise

JMW Solicitors has considerable experience of dealing with data breach cases, and does so on a day-to-day basis. We have been involved in many high-profile data privacy cases, and have helped numerous victims of data leaks to recover substantial damages and secure other legal remedies.

The firm is currently acting on behalf of more than 5,500 past and present employees of the retailer Morrisons, following an incident in which payroll information for over 100,000 staff members was leaked by a disgruntled former employee. The claimants have been successful in the High Court and the Court of Appeal.

If you have been affected by the Newham Council data breach, please fill in the form on this page. Once you have submitted the form, one of our expert solicitors will be in touch to assess your claim and discuss potential next steps.

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