TaxBuddi Data Breach – Could I Make A Claim?

In this guide, we explain the circumstances in which you could be eligible to claim compensation if a TaxBuddi data breach were to happen. We define what a data breach is and the protection that is offered to personal data. 

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TaxBuddi data breach claims guide

Additionally, our guide explores the time limitations that apply when making a claim of this nature and what steps you should take to report a data breach. Moreover, we detail how compensation for a data breach is calculated and distinguish between the types of damage you may suffer and how compensation could reflect these. 

We conclude our guide by highlighting what you can expect if you are to work with a No Win No Fee data breach compensation claim solicitor. To learn more about what you should do if a TaxBuddi data breach were to happen, please continue to read our guide. You could also contact a member of our team if you want to discuss data breach claims further.

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  1. What Could A TaxBuddi Data Breach Be?
  2. What Data Could Be Impacted By A Breach?
  3. What Is The Data Breach Compensation Claim Time Limit?
  4. How To Claim If A TaxBuddi Data Breach Were To Occur
  5. Calculating Data Breach Settlement Amounts
  6. Contact Us To Make A No Win No Fee Claim

What Could A TaxBuddi Data Breach Be?

A data breach is defined on the Information Commissioner’s Office’s website as a security incident that impacts how confidential or available personal data is, or that affects its integrity. The ICO is an independent public body responsible for upholding the public’s rights in relation to data protection. 

The UK General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018 are the laws that guide entities that are tasked with processing personal data. A data controller decides why and how data is being collected, and a processor processes personal data on behalf of a controller. 

If they fail to uphold data protection laws, this could lead to a breach. If your data is involved in a breach that harms you, you could be entitled to claim. Article 82 of the UK GDPR outlines the criteria to begin a data breach claim:

  • There must have been a failure to comply with data protection laws on behalf of a controller or processor, causing a data breach.
  • Your personal information must have been involved in the breach. 
  • This breach has led to you suffering psychological injury and/or monetary harm. 

Please get in contact to discuss a potential data breach claim. Our team can advise you on the steps you could take if a TaxBuddi data breach were to occur.

What Data Could Be Impacted By A Breach?

Personal data is any data that can be used to identify you directly or in conjunction with other data. It can include your name, address, phone number, or email address for example

Special category data is a subset of personal data. This requires more secure protection and handling due to the sensitivity of the information. 

Special category data can include personal data relating to your race, sexuality, health, political opinion, or trade union membership, for example. If a TaxBuddi data breach were to occur and this information was involved, you could potentially take steps to make a claim if you suffered harm. 

For more guidance on what you could do if your data has been breached, please get in touch with our team. 

What Is The Data Breach Compensation Claim Time Limit?

There are time limits that apply to beginning a data breach claim. Generally, this time limit is 6 years from the breach. However, if you are making a claim against a public body, this reduces to one year. 

To learn more about how long you have to begin a claim, please speak with an advisor. 

How To Claim If A TaxBuddi Data Breach Were To Occur 

There are steps you could take if affected by a data breach. If a controller sees that the breach has occurred and has affected your data protection rights and freedoms, they must notify you without undue delay and let the ICO know. 

If you haven’t been told about a breach, but you suspect that one has occurred, you can approach the company about this directly. They should tell you if a breach has happened and, if so, what data was impacted. They may offer to rectify the situation; however, if they do, and you accept this, then you cannot then go on and claim compensation.

If you are not happy with the response given by the company, or if they don’t respond, you can report a data breach to the ICO. You should do this within three months of the last meaningful communication you’ve had with them. 

If you’d like free advice on suing a company after a data breach, speak with a member of our team today. They can advise you on what you could do if a TaxBuddi data breach were to occur that impacts your personal data.

Calculating Data Breach Settlement Amounts

In a successful data breach claim, your settlement could consist of two heads. One of these heads relates to non-material damage. 

Non-material damage refers to the emotional or mental harm you have suffered due to the breach. For example, if the breach made your mental health problems worse, this could be taken into account when your settlement is calculated. 

When valuing a potential settlement, solicitors may use the Judicial College Guidelines. This is a publication that contains compensation brackets which can be useful in determining how much compensation is owed.  

We’ve included some of these figures in the table below; however, the amounts depicted are for guidance only, as the value of your claim will typically be dependent upon the individual details of your circumstances. 

Compensation Guidelines

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Harm Severity Notes Compensation Guidelines
Psychological Severe (a) There are severe problems in coping with all aspects of life such as work and personal relationships and the prognosis is very poor. £54,830 – £115,730
Moderately Severe (b) Significant problems in coping with education and relationships but the prognosis is much more optimistic. £19,070 – £54,830
Moderate (c) Problems in coping with the aspects mentioned in the categories above but there has been notable improvement and a good prognosis. £5,860 – £19,070
Less Severe (d) The effect on daily activities and the duration of the disability will be considered. £1,540 – £5,860
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Severe (a) Permanent effects which inhibit the person from returning to their life pre-trauma as their life is badly affected in all aspects. £59,860 – £100,670
Moderately Severe (b) Significant disabilities are likely to persist in the future but there is a likelihood of some recovery with the help of a professional. £23,150 – £59,860
Moderate (c) The recovery is substantial and the effects that remain do not cause gross impairment. £8,180 – £23,150
Less Severe (d) A full recovery has been made over one to two years with only minor symptoms. £3,950 – £8,180

Are There Other Ways You Could Be Compensated?

The other kind of damage you may suffer is material damage, which relates to the financial harm you have incurred. For example, you could suffer financial damage if an unauthorised person has access to your debit or credit card details and they make fraudulent purchases in your name. 

Bank statements and credit reports can help to illustrate the financial effect a data breach has had on you. If you’d like guidance on the kind of evidence that could support a data breach claim, we could help. Speak with a member of our team today. 

Contact Us To Make A No Win No Fee Claim

If a data breach were to occur, you might benefit from seeking advice and guidance from a solicitor. They could offer to work on a No Win No Fee basis and propose a Conditional Fee Agreement.

With this arrangement in place, you will usually have no obligation to pay for your solicitor’s services if your claim is unsuccessful. They also won’t ask for upfront payments, nor will they charge you as the claim progresses.

Comparatively, if your claim is a success, your solicitor will take a fee. This is taken from the award you receive, and is known as a “success fee”. However, the Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013 does contain restrictions on the percentage that they are allowed to take, meaning you will never be overcharged. 

If you want more information about what steps you could take if a Taxbuddi data breach were to happen, affecting your personal data, please get in contact with our team. 

You can speak with an advisor who can provide you with more information about making a data breach claim. To discuss your circumstances, please get in contact by using one of the methods below: 

  • Reach us on 0800 073 8801
  • Complete and submit our form to contact us
  • Discuss your claim-related questions with an advisor through our live feature

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