Are you wondering what you could do if your personal data was breached via Skype? This guide aims to show what steps you could take.
All organisations that collect personal data are legally obliged to protect this information. For example, an employee may use a telecommunications application to send personal data they do not have permission to share.
To see if you can begin a data breach claim, please get in touch with us using the details below:
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- What If Data Is Breached Via Skype?
- How Could An Employer Breach Your Privacy On Skype?
- What Employment Data Could An Organisation Leak Or Share?
- Can You Claim If An Organisation Shared Screenshots On Skype?
- How Much Can You Claim A Party Breaches Your Data Via Skype?
- How To Claim If Your Data Was Breached Via Skype
A personal data breach is a security incident which can involve the unauthorised sharing or exposure of personal data. It is the unlawful or accidental loss, disclosure, destruction, alteration, or access to personal data.
Personal data or personal information is any data that could help identify you. It could do this directly or in conjunction with other data. Your name is an example of personal data.
The following could count as data breaches:
- A company loses personal data.
- An organisation destroys personal data without a lawful reason.
- An organisation gives an unauthorised person access to your personal data.
- A cybercriminal hacks into online systems and accesses your personal information.
Many companies and organisations have interoffice telecommunications to allow their employees to communicate. What’s more, they may use it to communicate with stakeholders outside of the organisation. Employers must train their workers to handle personal data correctly. This training should include teaching employees what data is appropriate to share and with whom.
Sending Data Via Skype To The Wrong Member Of Staff
Employers will often collect, process and store data about their employees for operational purposes. Workers with access to the data must ensure they don’t share it with an unauthorised person. Unfortunately, a data breach can happen if your employer shares personal information about you via Skype. Written disclosure, verbal disclosure, or sending the wrong file to the wrong person can cause a data breach over Skype.
Sending Of Screenshots
Skype allows users to share their screens whilst making video calls. Therefore employees can use screen sharing for training purposes or for sharing ideas. However, employees must make sure they do not have files or programs open on their desktops which contain personal information.
Sharing an employee’s data without permission (or another lawful reason) is a UK GDPR breach of data privacy. Moreover, an organisation could breach an employee’s data privacy by sharing screenshots that show an employee’s personal data.
The following employee personal data could be breached via Skype:
- Date of birth
- Email address
- Phone number
- Bank account
- Debit card
- Credit card
- Login and password information
Here are some examples of special category data:
- Racial or ethnic origin
- Political information
- Philosophical or religious information
- Trade union membership
- Genetic data
Under the UK’s General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018, organisations should protect the personal data they collect, store and process. Firstly, organisations should have adequate security systems to protect the data from hackers and other security threats. Secondly, organisations should train their staff to handle the data safely.
If an organisation’s wrongful conduct (such as substandard online security) leads to a data breach, and you suffer because of this, you could claim. You’d need to show that:
- Your personal data was involved in the breach.
- As a result of the data breach, you experienced emotional distress or mental health injuries such as anxiety or depression. Or you may have suffered financial losses.
To see if you can claim compensation for a personal data breach, why not get in touch today?
If an organisation breached your personal data via Skype, you might be able to claim compensation. You can receive up to two heads of claim. The first head of claim is material damages and compensates you for any money you’ve lost due to the data breach.
The second head of claim you can receive is non-material damages. Similar to personal injury compensation, non-material damages compensate you for the emotional distress or mental health injuries you have experienced due to the data breach.
You can use the compensation table as a claims calculator. The table has compensation amounts for non-material damages you could receive. We have used the Judicial College Guidelines to create these compensation payment amounts. However, the content of this table is only for illustrative purposes, and the final settlement you receive may vary.
|Mental Health Condition||Level||Damages Awarded||Notes On This Condition|
|Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder||Severe||£59,860 to £100,670||The effects of PTSD will prevent the claimant from functioning or working at the level they did before the trauma.|
|Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder||Moderately Severe||£23,150 to £59,860||The category is distinguished from the person above by the person having a better prognosis under professional care.|
|Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder||Moderate||£8,180 to £23,150||A recovery has mostly been made and whilst there may be symptoms, these are not grossly disabling.|
|Post Traumatic Stress Disorder||Less Severe||£3,950 to £8,180||Cases where (virtually) a full recovery is made. This happens over 1 to 2 years and leaves only minor symptoms after this.|
|Mental Illness||Severe||£54,830 to £115,730||All parts of this person's life could have been affected and they will have a poor prognosis.|
|Mental Illness||Moderately Severe||£19,070 to £54,830||There could be significant problems in
all parts of this person's life. They do have a more optimistic prognosis than the most severe cases.
|Mental Illness||Moderate||£5,860 to £19,070||When a claim comes to a trial, the person would already have improved and should continue to recover.|
|Mental Illness||Less Severe||£1,540 to £5,860||The level of the award should account for how long any disabilities could have lasted.|
Please call our helpline to check your data breach claim value.
If your personal data was breached via Skype, please contact us today. If we can see that another party owes you compensation for a data breach, our panel of data breach lawyers can manage your claim. You will have the choice to make a No Win No Fee claim.
Traditionally, when you make a data breach compensation claim, you may pay an upfront solicitors fee. Therefore the process is only affordable if you can afford an upfront fee. However, when you make a No Win No Fee claim, you won’t need to pay a solicitor’s fee upfront or while the claim is ongoing.
You’d pay a success fee to the solicitor only if your claim wins.
The Benefits Of Making A No Win No Fee Claim
- The fee is deducted from your final compensation payout. So you don’t have to worry about paying for your solicitor’s services upfront.
- You can feel confident when you claim because you will only pay your success fee if you win.
To see if you can begin your No Win No Fee claim for a breach of data protection, please get in touch with us today:
- Call us on 0800 408 7825
- Contact us via our website
- Or use our support widget to ask us a data breach claims question
More Information About Data Privacy
We hope this guide about the steps you could take if your data is breached via skype has been helpful. Please feel free to read these other resources to learn more about making a claim.
How To Claim Breach Of Data Compensation Under UK GDPR
What is a personal data breach? – an ICO guide.
An ICO guide about respect and healthy relationships online.
A guide to your rights as a data subject under the UK GDPR.
Article by AH