Police, Legal and Criminal Data Breaches

If you have been a victim of a data breach involving your legal information, a case you have been involved in, or data about your criminal record, check out our current group actions to see if we are running a claim related to that specific breach.

Get justice for a legal, police or criminal justice data breach

Solicitors, the police, and the wider criminal justice system have access to some of our most sensitive information. As such, strict policies and procedures must be in place to ensure the safe processing of such data. But all too often, this is not happening.

This is especially worrying as many in the sector use paper files which are not secured by encryption.

Data breaches across this sector are happening because of a combination of human error (e.g. staff emailing sensitive information to the wrong recipient) and malicious cyberattacks.

In many cases, people with access to police databases unlawfully used them to search for individuals. What’s more, legal professionals often carry around large quantities of information (e.g., when going to court or to work on at home). This can increase the risk of a data breach.

The information held by the legal and criminal justice system is often extremely sensitive, and a data breach can have a devastating impact on the public. Privacy infringements can also harm officers themselves.

KP Law is a group action law firm. With a group action claim, you and the other victims join together and fight to get compensation. Group actions can be a powerful tool and can have a bigger impact than a single claim.

If you have been a victim of a data breach involving your legal information, a case you have been involved in, or data about your criminal record, check out our current group actions to see if we are running a claim related to that specific breach.

If you are involved in a potential group action not listed below, please contact us and tell us about it! Where enough people come forward, we may launch a new claim.

We do not take on individual cases.

No-win, no-fee data breach compensation

Don’t let the fear of costs stop you getting the justice you deserve. Contact us today and let us fight for you. 

All kinds of organisations are experiencing police, legal and criminal justice data breaches. This includes:

The Police

Officers, police staff, and suppliers must know how to work with sensitive information securely. In a 24-month period there were 13,332 suspected incidents across the UK’s police forces - which equates to a breach every 76 minutes {Legal Expert}. 

Legal professionals (e.g. lawyers, law firms and claims management companies)

Our expert data breach lawyers are committed to upholding the standards of our industry. That’s why it’s particularly upsetting when we are contacted by someone who has been let down by their solicitor. 

The Crown Prosecution Service

The CPS is the principal public agency for conducting criminal prosecutions in England and Wales. The ICO has previously fined it for losing unencrypted DVDs containing recordings of police interviews. 

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)

The CICA deals with compensation claims from people who have been physically or mentally injured because they were victims of a violent crime in England, Scotland, or Wales. The data held by the CICA is extremely sensitive, and the consequences of a data breach are grave. 

Data breaches involving Police Officers

Privacy infringements can also harm officers themselves. For example, in 2019, The Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) suffered a severe data breach following a ransomware cyber-attack hit the PFEW headquarters. Around 120,000 current and former officers are affected. 

Why claim legal, police or criminal justice data breach compensation?

Hold those responsible to account for failing to protect your private information.

Receive financial compensation for your loss.

Force the legal, police and criminal justice sector to implement better data security.

Why use KP Law to make a claim?

We are one of the most experienced multi-claimant law firms in the UK.

We represent clients in group actions with innovation, resources, and expertise.

We work with expert barristers to ensure you get the very best level of legal support available.

We have all the resources and global expertise necessary to take on complicated cases and win.

We have offices in London, Liverpool, Manchester, and Birmingham, and the technology to provide a nationwide service to clients across England & Wales.

We use technology to deliver a better legal experience to our clients.

We work on a no-win, no-fee basis.

We make the process straightforward and hassle-free.

What can you claim for?

While each case is judged on its own merits, there are some things we would typically look for when it comes to when claiming compensation following a data breach, cybercrime or other GDPR violation:

Financial loss

With stolen data, cybercriminals can make purchases using your bank and credit cards, apply for credit in your name, set up fraudulent bank accounts and access your existing online accounts.


GDPR failures, cybercrime and data breaches can have a significant impact on you, both mentally and physically. They can cause or exacerbate anxiety, stress and other psychological conditions.

Loss of privacy

Your data has value, and organisations must be held to account if they fail to protect your right to data privacy or otherwise do not uphold your GDPR rights.

How to protect yourself following a data breach or cybercrime

  • Contact your bank or credit card provider immediately if your financial data has been exposed.
  • Check all bills and emails for goods or services you have not ordered.
  • Check your bank account for unfamiliar transactions.
  • Alert your bank or credit card provider immediately if there is any suspicious activity.
  • Monitor your credit score for any unexpected dips.
  • Call Credit, Experian and Equifax to ensure credit isn’t taken out in your name.
  • Never provide your PIN or full password to anyone (even someone claiming to be from your bank).
  • Never been pressured into moving money to another account for fraud reasons. A legitimate bank won’t ask you to do this.
  • Follow the security instructions provided by the organisation that breached your data.
  • Never automatically click on any suspicious links or downloads in emails or texts.
  • Don’t assume an email or phone call is authentic just because someone has your details.
  • Be careful who you trust – criminals often use scare tactics to try and trick you into revealing your security details.
  • Know that, even if you recognise a name or number, it might not be genuine.
  • Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. A trustworthy organisation would never force you to make a financial transaction on the spot.
  • Never provide your full password, pin or security code to someone over the phone (or via message). If a bank believes a transaction has been fraudulent, they will not ask for this information to cancel the transaction.
  • Listen to your instincts and ask questions if something feels “off”.
  • Refuse requests for personal or financial information and stop discussions if you are at all unsure.
  • Contact your bank or financial service provider on a number you know and trust to check if a communication is genuine.
  • Be cautious of unsolicited communications that refer you to a web page asking for personal data.
  • Don’t accept friend requests from people you don’t know on social media.
  • Review your online privacy settings.
  • Report suspected fraud attempts to the police and Action Fraud.
  • Register with the Cifas protective registration service to slow down credit applications made in your name.
  • Change your passwords regularly and use a different password for every account (a password manager can help with this).
  • Protect your devices with up-to-date internet security software.

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