Does Revealing My Home Address Breach The UK’s GDPR?

Does revealing my home address breach the UK's GDPR guide

Does revealing my home address breach the UK’s GDPR guide

By Marlon Marquardt. Last Updated 3rd February 2023. In this guide, we will look at whether revealing your home address can breach the UK’s GDPR. Your home address is personal data, which is data that identifies a person. Moreover, personal data is protected by the UK General Data Protection Regulation UK GDPR. Therefore organisations cannot process or share personal data without a lawful basis. So, disclosing your home address may breach the UK’s GDPR in certain circumstances.

To see if you can claim data breach compensation for a home address data breach, please get in touch with Public Interest Lawyers today. An advisor will be happy to speak to you about your ordeal, and if we can see you have legitimate grounds to claim compensation, our panel of data breach solicitors may offer to manage your claim.

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Is A Home Address Personal Data?

When in use by an organisation, a person’s home address can be personal data as it meets the fulfilment criteria of:

  • Relating to an individual
  • Being data that can be used directly or indirectly to identify a person.

If an organisation uses a person’s home address without adhering to one of the lawful bases, or if the organisation fails to properly safeguard this data, they may have committed a breach of the UK GDPR.

If you have been harmed due to a personal data breach, please reach out to one of our advisers to learn about your eligibility to take action against an organisation responsible for a data breach.

Does Revealing My Home Address Breach The UK’s GDPR?

A data controller, generally, a company that will handle your personal data, needs to have a lawful basis to process, share or reveal your home address. Under the UK GDPR, organisations should only process personal data if there is a lawful basis. These are the lawful bases for processing your personal data:

  • Consent
  • Contract
  • Legal obligation
  • Vital interests
  • Public task
  • Legitimate interests

The Data Protection Act 2018 also works with the UK GDPR to provide protection to your personal data. Both pieces of legislation act in unison to set out the obligations of data controllers and processes when handing you personal information.

So is revealing your home address a breach of the UK’s GDPR? In some cases, if a data controller was to share your home address without satisfying a lawful basis, they would be in breach of the UK GDPR.

However, in order to have a valid personal data breach claim, the claimant must meet the following criteria;

  • The data controller or processor is in breach of the UK GDPR or DPA
  • As a result, your personal data is breached.
  • And you suffer mental distress and/or financial losses.

Is It A Breach Of The UK GDPR To Send A Letter To The Wrong Address?

It is known as data misdelivery if a letter was sent to the wrong address. Unfortunately, misdelivery of data means that an unauthorised person can access your data. This may, in turn, cause you harm. Therefore, organisations and businesses should have data security processes in place so as not to send letters and packages to the wrong address.

Can I Claim Compensation For A Data Breach?

You might be eligible to claim compensation for a UK GDPR data breach if an organisation breached your personally identifiable information. However, the criteria above must be satisfied in order to be eligible to make a personal data breach claim. If a data controller or processor has taken all the necessary steps to comply with data protection law yet still suffer a data breach which affects your personal data, a claim is unlikely. 

If a letter is sent to the wrong address, even though your correct address is on file and it contains your personal data, the sender may be liable for a data breach.

Data protection regulations are complicated. So, please contact Public Interest Lawyers today, and we can determine if you have a valid claim.

How To Report A Breach Of Your Home Address

The Information Commissioner’s Office upholds the UK’s data protection laws. If a business or an organisation suffers a data breach that affects the rights and freedoms of data subjects, they should report the data breach within 72 hours to the ICO. They must also communicate this with any data subjects affected.

If you suspect that an organisation has revealed your home address in a breach of the UK’s GDPR, you can contact the organisation yourself and ask if a breach of your personal information has taken place. If the data controller fails to reply or you are not satisfied with the response given, you can ask the ICO to investigate.

You can complain to the ICO, who may investigate the breach. However, please do so within three months of your last meaningful contact with the organisation. You do not have to wait until your complaint has been resolved to seek legal advice about making a data breach claim. Please get in touch with Public Interest Lawyers to make your enquiry today.

How Much Can I Get For A UK GDPR Breach?

Should your personal data breach claim after a company revealed your home address in a breach of the UK’s GDPR is successful, you could claim these types of damage to compensate you for the harm the incident caused:

  • Material damage reimburses you for any financial losses caused by the data breach.
  • Non-material damage compensates you for the emotional distress you experienced. Or psychological damage such as depression which the data breach caused.

We used the 16th edition guidelines from the Judicial College to make the compensation table. Moreover, the Judicial College updated the guidelines in 2022. The table does not include material damage.

Impact On Psychological Health Notes On This Injury Guidelines On Compensation
General Psychiatric Harm – Severe There will have been a serious impact on how well this person could cope with everyday life. There is a poor prognosis and symptoms will be permanent. £54,830 to £115,730
General Psychiatric Harm – Moderately Severe The injury will cause serious problems in relation to everyday life and the person will have an outlook which is more positive. £19,070 to £54,830
General Psychiatric Harm – Moderate There will have been an improvement in this person’s condition when the claim comes to any trial. £5,860 to £19,070
General Psychiatric Harm – Less Severe The length of time that any impact lasted for and how badly sleep was impacted are taken into account. £1,540 to £5,860
Anxiety Disorder – Severe The person can not return to functioning at their pre-trauma levels. £59,860 to £100,670
Anxiety Disorder – Moderately Severe They will experience significant problems through their day-to-day life. £23,150 to £59,860
Anxiety Disorder – Moderate A significant and almost full recovery takes place and the person is not left with impacts which are grossly disabling. £8,180 to £23,150
Anxiety Disorder – Less Severe Is it likely that this person will recover in around a two year period. £3,950 to £8,180

If you make a successful data breach claim, your compensation settlement’s value may differ from the contents of the table. Please speak to Public Interest Lawyers, and we can estimate how much you could potentially claim.

Does Revealing My Home Address Breach The UK’s GDPR? – Contact Us To Learn More

Please contact Public Interest Lawyers to see if you are eligible to claim compensation after a revealing of your home address breached the UK’s GDPR. If there are solid grounds for your claim and a good chance you could be awarded compensation, we can assign our panel of No Win No Fee lawyers to work on your claim.

Can You Make A No Win No Fee Claim?

Very often, solicitors that work under No Win No Fee terms will use a Conditional Fee Agreement. Therefore you will pay a success fee on the condition that you win your claim. What’s more, you pay your success fee from your compensation payout. Generally, there are no fees to pay upfront, and if the case loses you will not be required to pay the success fee.

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The following guides may be helpful if you want to know more about making a data breach claim.

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Be data aware – advice for individuals from the ICO

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