Breach of Data Claims

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If your data rights have been infringed you can bring a claim, either individually or as part of a group action. 

Ashfords' specialist lawyers can give you advice on the best option for you.

Please take a look at our FAQ section below as well as our articles on the subject.

If you require further information you can also call our Claims Hotline on 01392 334010.

Facebook Data Breach Claims

Approximately 1 million UK Facebook users are thought to have had their data protection rights infringed as a result of Facebook's misuse of their personal data through the sharing of it with Cambridge Analytica

If your personal data has been shared with third parties without your permission and you have suffered distress, it is likely that you will have a claim for compensation, under the Data Protection Act 1998,  for breach of confidence and the improper use of your data.

If you are a Facebook user you might have already received notification that your data was shared  - if you have not yet received a notification, Facebook has provided a tool to check if your information could have been shared with Cambridge Analytica (see below).  You didn't need to take the personality quiz for your data to be shared, one of your Facebook 'friends' may have inadvertently given the app access to your data.

You can check if your data has been misused.  Open up Facebook on you browser and then click here to access the Help Centre. Enter 'How can I tell if my info was shared with Cambridge Analytica?' in the search box. 

If that check reveals your data has been used, or if you have received notification from Facebook that your data has been shared, please complete the form below to register your interest in pursuing a claim.  We will respond giving more details of the processes to be followed.

Facebook data breach - enquiry form

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What happened?

    Between 2007 and 2015 third party apps on Facebook were able to access both you and your Facebook friend's personal data. In 2013 a Cambridge University researcher created a personality quiz app called "thisisyourdigitalife". The quiz was supposedly collecting data for academic research.

    The app harvested data not only from the user but also from the user's friends. The data was then sold to Cambridge Analytica and used for commercial purposes. Facebook found out that the data was sold, and asked Cambridge Analytica to delete it. It was then reported that Cambridge Analytica had not deleted the data. Anyone who's data was harvested could potentially be entitled to compensation.

  • Am I affected?

    If you are a Facebook user, you could be one of the 1 million Facebook users in the UK that had data harvested without permission.

    To identify whether you, or any of your friend's data was shared:

    1. Login to Facebook
    2. Go to the Facebook Help Centre (make sure that you're logged in to Facebook first)
    3. Type into the search box: How can I tell if my info was shared with Cambridge Analytica?
  • My data was affected, can I make a claim?

    The Data Protection Act 1998 gives you a right to present a claim if Facebook breached its obligation to protect your data and you suffed from distress as a result. You may be entitled to compensation from Facebook as a consequence of the data breach.

  • How do I make a claim?

    Please complete our online questionnaire to register your interest with us to present a claim against Facebook. We will then advise on the best option for you.

  • What will this cost?

    There is no sign up fee to register your interest in making a claim against Facebook. Once registered we can give you advice on the best options for your individual circumstances.

  • How much compensation will I be entitled to?

    For these types of claim, there is no defined sum that you will be entitled to. The sum will be calculated with reference to the circumstances of the data breach, and the degree of distress you have suffered.

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