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The implementation of the Data Protection Act 2018 alongside the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has seen an increased focus on the issue of data protection and security. Organisations who are data controllers and data processors understandably have significant legal obligations when it comes to controlling, securing and using data and there have been numerous high profile examples of significant ‘data breach’ cases arising out of criminal acts, hacking, ransomware and other software breaches. The Weightmans Cyber, Privacy & Data Team provide advice to a whole spectrum of organisations on matters relating to cyber resilience, response and liability. Read more about CyXcel and how your organisation can prepare and be protected from cyber threats.

But what about ‘data breach’ cases at the lower end of the spectrum? There are many cases that arise out of minor one-off incidents, simple human errors and quickly rectified mistakes; cases that do not stem from (or point to) any inherent problems or flaws in an organisation’s policies and systems. Such cases are also generating claims for both compensation and significant legal costs. But do these claims have merit and, if they do, are the claimants entitled to damages and are their solicitors entitled to recover costs?

We will be looking at the topical and thorny issue of ‘low level’ data protection claims. As well as covering the key legal principles, we will also provide practical guidance for those involved in dealing with these matters, covering issues including:

  • ICO referrals
  • Data subject notifications
  • Pre-action protocol
  • Liability and admissions
  • Compensation 
  • Costs
  • Offers of settlement
  • Litigation - appropriate court venue and allocation to track


Our webinar will be hosted on Zoom webinar. If you have any restrictions within your organisation with using Zoom please raise with our event co-ordinator, Melissa Owen-Young, at 

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


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