TalkTalk data breach claim
A TalkTalk data breach saw thousands of customers’ personal information hacked.
Over 170,000 TalkTalk customers’ personal details were stolen as a result of a succession of data breaches suffered by TalkTalk in 2014 and 2015. In thousands of these cases, this included the customers’ bank account details.
If your personal information data was stolen as a result of one of these data breaches, you may have a claim against TalkTalk for failing to keep your personal information safe.
TalkTalk have been fined half a million pounds, by the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”), for failing to have security measures in place to prevent these data breaches.
A BBC Watchdog investigation in 2019 found that the personal details of over 4,500 customers stolen in a data breach suffered by TalkTalk in 2015 was publicly available on the internet despite TalkTalk having previously told these customers that they had not been affected.
We would be particularly interested in hearing from the following TalkTalk customers who:
- Have been contacted by fraudsters, pretending to be from TalkTalk, who were able to quote their personal details;
- Received an email, letter or text from TalkTalk in November 2015 informing them that they had been affected by the October 2015 cyber-attack;
- Received an email, letter or text from TalkTalk in May 2019 informing them that they had been affected by the October 2015 cyber attack.
At Leigh Day, our specialist data breach lawyers are working to help victims claim compensation from TalkTalk on a no win, no fee basis.
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Why choose Leigh Day?
Our human rights department has more than 20 years’ experience working across the field of data protection and privacy.
With the constant updates to how individuals and businesses use personal information and data, we keep on top of changes to information and data protection law to best advise our clients. We have brought successful compensation claims in cases where others wrongly accessed clients’ personal, medical and financial information.
“Sean Humber has a broad human rights and civil liberties practice …. He has vast levels of experience with a wide knowledge base which he draws on creatively to achieve the best outcomes for his clients reports a source.” – Chambers and partners 2018
“He is a leading expert on data protection and access to information matters.” – Chambers and partners 2020
Partner Sean Humber has a vast level of experience in privacy, data breach and information law. He has achieved settlements across cases when confidential information was disclosed deliberately and accidentally without a person’s consent or knowledge. Claims against a range of companies, the police, local authorities and the NHS.
Gene Matthews, a partner in the human rights team, has almost 20 years of experience bringing group claims (multiple party actions) on behalf clients against multi-national companies and actions against the Government.
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FAQs about the TalkTalk data breach
What happened in the TalkTalk data breaches?
TalkTalk are a major telecommunications company that provide TV, broadband, mobile and phone services to over 4 million customers.
2014 Data Breach
TalkTalk suffered a serious data breach in late 2014 after contractors in India gained unauthorised access to the personal information of up to 21,000 customers. This personal information included:
- Telephone numbers
- TalkTalk account numbers
TalkTalk were fined £100,000, by the ICO, for failing to have adequate security measures in place to prevent this breach. It is not clear whether TalkTalk specifically notified affected customers.
2015 Data breach
TalkTalk suffered a further, even more serious, data breach in October 2015. As a result of a cyber attack, criminals accessed the personal information of over 156,000 customers. The personal information stolen in the TalkTalk data breach of 2015 included:
- Dates of birth
- Telephone numbers
- Email addresses
- TalkTalk account numbers
Additionally in over 15,000 of these cases, the attackers had access to the customers’ bank account details and sort codes. TalkTalk contacted all their customers in November 2015 to confirm whether or not they had been affected.
TalkTalk were fined £400,000, by the ICO, for failing to have adequate security measures in place to prevent this breach.
In May 2019, following a detailed investigation, BBC Watchdog Live reported that the personal information of over 4,500 TalkTalk customers was publicly available on the internet. This included the customers’ names, addresses, dates of birth, phone numbers, email addresses and bank account details and sort codes. Following this investigation, TalkTalk contacted these customers in May 2019 saying that their personal information had in fact been taken as part of the cyber attack in October 2015 despite the customers being wrongly told in November 2015 that they had not been affected.
Find out more about the TalkTalk breach on our blog.
Effect of these data breaches
Many TalkTalk customers consider that they have been affected by the unauthorised disclosure of their personal information as a result of these data breaches.
Some TalkTalk customers have been scammed by fraudsters, pretending to be from TalkTalk. These criminals contacted the customers and gained their confidence by being able to quote their personal information, including their TalkTalk account number, they then took over customers’ computers and tricked them into transferring money out of their bank accounts.
Other TalkTalk customers have been victims of identity fraud with criminals taking money from their accounts by signing up to services, purchasing goods or setting up direct debits using the customers’ stolen personal details. In some instances, criminals have been able to take over their phone numbers and email addresses.
Do you have a claim?
If your personal details were taken as a result of one of the data breaches suffered by TalkTalk then you may have a claim for compensation against TalkTalk for failing to keep your personal information safe.
How much compensation you can claim may depend on the specific factors of your case, such as:
- The personal, financial and any other information stolen;
- How many people had unauthorised access to your personal information and for how long;
- Whether your bank details were used for fraudulent activity;
- Financial losses experienced;
- Emotional distress caused by the breach.
You may be able to claim compensation, even if you have not lost any money as a result of the data breach, simply for the loss of control over your personal information as well as any inconvenience and distress caused.
Making a TalkTalk data breach claim
If you believe your personal information was stolen in a TalkTalk data breach and wish us to investigate bringing a claim against TalkTalk on your behalf, you can start the process today by:
- Filling in the form on this page to contact our specialist data breach and personal information lawyers
- Call 020 3780 0454 for a free initial consultation
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will respond soon
After listening to your case, they will advise on whether you have a claim and the next actions to take. Usually, this will involve collecting any supporting documents to help build your case.
We would be particularly interested in hearing from the following TalkTalk customers:
- Customers who have been contacted by fraudsters, pretending to be from TalkTalk, who were able to quote their personal details;
- Customers who received an email, letter or text from TalkTalk in November 2015 informing them that they had been affected by the October 2015 cyber-attack;
- Customers who received an email, letter or text from TalkTalk in May 2019 informing them that they had been affected by the October 2015 cyber attack.