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Watford Community Housing Trust Data Breach

Watford Community Housing Trust Data Breach

Watford Community Housing Trust, a UK-based housing association, has admitted to breaching the data of 3,545 of its tenants. A document containing the highly sensitive details of these tenants was emailed to customers in error. This is a clear breach of GDPR, and those affected could be entitled to claim compensation.

It has been reported that an email was sent out by Watford Community Housing Trust on the 23rd March 2020 to people it believed to be its tenants. The email was sent to residents to inform them of changes to their services due to the coronavirus outbreak and to let them know about the closure of its offices on Clarendon Road.

The email also included a spreadsheet with 3,545 rows, that included people’s names, addresses, dates of birth, religion, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, and disability status. They later realised their mistake and sent a second email at 10pm on the 23rd March 2020 apologising and urging recipients to “please delete the email”.

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It is believed that everyone who received this email now has access to this highly sensitive personal data. Those who have had their data breached may include vulnerable people, those subject to witness protection orders, people who are ex-directory, and many others who do not want their home addresses, contact details, and sexuality made public. These people have a right to have their information kept private, and a breach of this kind of data can be incredibly distressing.

The circumstances of this data breach would also bring into question several human rights breaches also.

Watford Community Housing Trust has said all those affected have been contacted, and they have apologised for the breach. They state they have informed the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) as they are legally obliged to do so and are working closely alongside them. For many people affected by this breach, this is not enough.

If you are one of the thousands affected by the Watford Community Housing Trust data breach, you have the right to claim compensation. HNK Solicitors have a team of expert data breach solicitors who can help you pursue a claim on a no-win, no-fee basis, and get you the compensation you deserve.

What data was exposed in the Watford Community Housing Trust data breach?

The data that was breached by Watford Community Housing Trust included:

  • Names
  • Home addresses
  • Phone numbers
  • Email addresses
  • Dates of birth
  • Ethnicity
  • Sexual orientation
  • Religion
  • Tenancy dates
  • Housing needs
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HNK Solicitors secure £9,500 from North Wales Police in data breach case

Earlier this year, we successfully secured £9,500 in compensation for a client of ours, who will be referred to as “P”, after their personal information was breached by North Wales Police. This was a serious breach of data protection as North Wales Police made P’s personal information, including their banking details, visible to the public on their Facebook page. As a result, P could have been at risk of fraud and suffered huge financial losses,...
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How do I know if I have been affected by the Watford Community Housing Trust data breach?

Watford Community Housing Trust claims they have contacted the residents affected by the breach to provide information, guidance, and support. So, if you have received a phone call, letter, or email from Watford Community Housing Trust about a breach of your personal data, then you have likely been affected. They also claim they are taking a variety of steps to assess the potential impact on those affected by the breach, including any safeguarding concerns.

 

If you are still unsure if you have been affected, check your spam or junk folder to see if an email has been sent there, or search your emails for –

 

Watford Community Housing Trust’

 

Alternatively, or if you have any other concerns, the trust has said you should email –CustomerRelationsTeam@wcht.org.uk.


How can HNK Solicitors help with my data breach claim?

HNK Solicitors have a team of expert data protection solicitors with many years of experience dealing with data breach claims. We have been successful in obtaining compensation for clients who have been affected by data breaches against a wide variety of defendants based in England and other countries across the world. Under General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), you have the right to claim compensation for any inconvenience, distress, or monetary loss you have suffered as a result of your data being breached.

 

You have the legal right to have your personal information kept private, and any companies that do not comply with data protection laws should be held to account. If you have been affected by the Watford Community Housing Trust data breach, contact HNK Solicitors for a free no-obligation consultation. Our experts will be able to offer advice on pursuing a claim against Watford Community Housing Trust, and we may be able to mount a group litigation case against the trust to get those affected the compensation they deserve.

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Contact HNK Solicitors to arrange a free no-obligation consultation where we can offer free advice on pursuing a claim against Watford Community Housing Trust.

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HNK offers a no-win, no-fee service, which means it will not cost you a penny upfront to start your claim. This means you can pursue your claim on a no-risk basis and only have to pay a small percentage if your claim is successful.

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We understand this process can be distressing, so we handle everything for you and keep you up to date throughout the whole process.
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Was Watford Community Housing Trust responsible for the breach?

The breach happened because of human error. Although mistakes do happen, this doesn’t mean Watford Community Housing Trust should be let off the hook. If they had simply implemented some simple security measures such as encryption or password controls on people’s sensitive data, then this file would not have been readable by others.

What is a group litigation case?

A group litigation/group action claim or case is where a group of people – which can be as many as thousands – have all been affected by the same issue. All the people in the group collectively bring their cases to court against the Defendant and fight together to get compensation. This strengthens their overall position and can make a big organisation take a matter more seriously. It can also increase their chances of settlement or success in litigation.

Just because you are part of a group litigation claim, this doesn’t mean that everyone in the group will receive the same amount of compensation. Every claim within the group is settled based on the individual’s situation.

What can I claim for?

If your data has been breached, you can claim for both damages and distress. So, you can claim for any financial losses or emotional distress you have suffered as a result of having your data stolen. However, you also have the right to claim, even if you haven’t suffered as a result of the failure to protect your data as, by law, they must keep your personal data safe.

How much will it cost?

Nothing upfront. If we deem you have a case that has a high chance of success, we will offer you a no-win, no-fee agreement. This means it won’t cost you a penny to start your claim, and you won’t have to pay a thing if your claim is unsuccessful.

If your case is successful, the legal costs which consist of the work HNK Solicitors has done for you and disbursement costs such as court and barrister fees will be recovered from the Defendant themselves and the compensation you are rewarded. HNK cap the costs they take from your compensation at 35%, so no matter what you will get at least 65% of the compensation in the end.

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16:35 11 Dec 23
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Majik EMajik E
13:05 06 Dec 23
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23:31 16 Nov 23
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Christopher MearnsChristopher Mearns
11:58 09 Nov 23
Absolutely shocking for a legal team and solicitors company I've had 2 casses go through HNK and each one of them had the same outcome the evidence was so strong in my case due to the laws and legislation been put in place by the government but HNK seem to know nothing about real defence laws or things that the police have to by law have to follow when your in there care and the monitoring that they have to do under the mental health act but HNK did not chase for this evidence they just toke word of mouth for evidence which they strung it out for nearly 2 years then came back with lame responses. If your looking for a good solicitor company I would recommend you look elsewhere if you want success in your cases as the company is far from professional and they know very little about the laws in place to protect people that are assaulted in the polices care and when you ask to speak to a senior partner within the company its rejected so your never get to speak to any person that has knowledge in the areas of law in question so safe your time and data for a real solicitors company that puts its clients first which HNK never do. I hope this saves some people time and energy in the future when looking for legal representative's
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15:09 26 Aug 23
They are lawyers, so $$$ is their only agenda and, thus, when we refused the offer of compensation in favour of a public apology, they ended up defending the perpetrators out of spite. Unethical is an understatement.
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10:32 22 Aug 23
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Anthony SmithAnthony Smith
01:43 26 Jul 23
I must have drawn the short straw if all these positive reviews are authentic.My own case was handled mainly by para legals. Who displayed very little skill, or real knowledge of the law, and definitely lacked any kind of commitment. I received only one phone call in the three years it took them to 'resolve ' my case.The treatment I received from this firm was barely adequate. If you are thinking of using HNK my advice is find someone else. Unless you don't mind wasting three years of your life for very little in the way of compensation.
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21:21 03 Jul 23
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13:24 26 Jun 23
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08:39 31 May 23
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20:09 19 May 23
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06:45 13 May 23
I was arrested under suspicion of several offences (was not charged with any). This was very Concerning since I was a top law student at the time, gaining a mid 1st for my criminal law work and Human Rights work - The solicitor at this firm involved in my case against the Police clearly knew nothing about criminal law, evidence or HR’s. As none of it happened, I was merely acting within my human rights, hence why the CPS ordered the Police to drop the whole case against me, which they did and with NFA.The solicitor at this firm dealing with my matters should not be a solicitor, as she does not know the law! She was also extremely rude, would not allow me to speak (kept interrupting and talking over me ) was entitled and patronising!I think they updated me just twice in a year!! I will be reporting this firm to the SRA, who are their regulatory body. Absolutely disgusted and a disgrace to the profession.Yes, I was a real client of theirs and this is a bona fida review - I am not at any liberty to give my name, if I don’t wish to.
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17:01 26 Apr 23
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17:27 09 Mar 23
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16:29 11 Jan 22
Absolutely an amazing firm and I would highly recommend them to anyone who has a similar case. I was wrongfully arrested for a crime that I did not do and I approached this firm HNK Solictors for some help and support. After viewing all the evidence, they took the case on. It took a year for the amazing good news to come out. Their hard work and dedication including their professional skills and expertise, has given me the result that I was hoping for. Vivian Lee was amazing and her professional manner in which she dealt with me and the case was remarkable. Well done, Vivian and keep up the good work. Fantastic work!
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15:16 24 Nov 21
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23:17 17 Nov 21
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10:04 28 Sep 21
I can’t quite put into words how brilliant these solicitors are, they provide a fantastic service and are very gentle when discussing sensitive subjects. Michael has been so incredibly helpful and I would like to send him a massive thanks for everything he has done for me. The receptionist has always also been very polite, friendly and welcoming and I would also like to thank her for supplying a kind atmosphere whenever I have needed to contact the team.
Danny OwenDanny Owen
14:12 09 Aug 21
Highly recommended, I had a claim against the police for an unlawful stop and search and false imprisonment which was has been settled with compensation. I had to put very little effort in and I was kept continually up to date. Vivien Lee dealing with my case could not have been more polite professional and helpful. I won’t be using anyone other than HNK solicitors from now on.
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20:34 04 Aug 21
These guys practically won me some cash from BA data breach case. They initiated it and executed it with utmost professionalism without me breaking a sweat. I fully recommend them without any reservations.
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19:02 02 Aug 21
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10:06 14 Jul 21
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10:51 05 Jul 21
I am very happy with the service I got they were ever so good at dealing with my matter and very polite. They were also very helpful with giving me great advice I would definitely use their services again in the near future I am very happy with the outcome of my case
Stephen StrattonStephen Stratton
10:09 28 Jun 21
Following repeated violations and data protections concerns by the police I was able to secure a settlement which I am very happy with. Demi and her team were helpful, professional and informative throughout. I would highly recommend contacting HNK Solicitors for initial advice with any legal matters.
Sandra WilliamsSandra Williams
11:26 23 Jun 21
After a very Violated experience with the police, my solicitor Demi was there step by step, keeping me up to date with everything. If I ever needed Higgs Newton Kenyon I again I wouldn't hesitate to contact them. Thank you.
Jason PatrickJason Patrick
19:46 10 May 21
I would highly recommend this firm. They have acted on my behalf twice now and have successfully won compensation for both cases. They are a very professional team of solicitors with expansive knowledge of the law. If you want a good result with sound honest advice, then this firm is in my opinion one the best and not afraid to challenge injustice.Thank you,Yours sincerelyJason Patrick
Lauren Jade DouganLauren Jade Dougan
12:47 20 Apr 21
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20:07 08 Apr 21
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Megan MaloneyMegan Maloney
14:05 08 Mar 21
So happy with my results worked with Micheal he won my case couldn’t be any more professional at what he does so happy With the outcome thank you so much Micheal .
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14:11 07 Sep 20
I can't thank you all enough for the hard work you put into my case. I'm so very grateful xxx
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