Estate Agent fined £80,000 for Data Breach

A London estate agents has been fined £80,000 for leaving over 18,000 customers’ personal data exposed.

Life at Parliament View Limited exposed the personal data when they transferred data from an internal server to an associated organisation. The firm failed to ensure the proper privacy functions were in place and in doing so left personal data exposed for over two years. This allowed anyone going online access to all the data stored from March 2015 to February 2017.

The personal data exposed included passports, bank statements, identification documents, salary information, addresses and dates of birth.

In investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) found numerous security failings and found that the firm had not taken the appropriate steps to ensure the data was properly protected. To add insult to injury, the firm did not inform the ICO of the breach until hackers contacted the firm.

There has been a number of large organisations in the news recently who have been subject to millions of pounds worth of fines for serious breaches of data protection. However, it is not just the larger organisations who are obliged to keep our data secure. The smaller firms we deal with every day also have a duty to keep our personal data safe.

If you have been a victim of such breaches of data protection, please complete our online enquiry form and one of our team will contact you within 24 hours.

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