Breaching confidentiality occurs when data or information is leaked by a person or used without permission. Most commonly, data or information is given to a trusted source which individuals believe the third party will keep in confidence.
Most cases of confidentiality breaches are unplanned and caused by accident. This is of little consolation for individuals or businesses who suffer major financial loss or classified information exposure. To recover lost monies and gain back credibility, legal action would be the route most clients choose to pursue.
Examples of such cases are as follows:
- Theft of Laptops that contain sensitive information;
- Accidental email sent to multiple people containing important business decisions;
- Important ID documents faxed or emailed to the incorrect department;
- A medical practitioner revealing medical history of a patient; or
- Website hacks which reveal payment gateway information.
Breaches of confidentiality cause the UK to lose millions of pounds in damages and affect everyone from large corporations, small business enterprises and freelancers. Business relationships are tarnished when a breach of contract takes place as a moral and contractual trust has been fractured by one party.
Whatever your business, it is essential to implement a confidentiality agreement such as a policies and procedures contract to protect any sensitive data you withhold in your business. To minimise the risk of a leak of information, there are steps you can take to ensure this does not happen, such as:
- Computer folder logins for employees;
- Limited access to shared folders and emails;
- Encrypting confidential data;
- Security clearance on removable media; and
- Getting authorisation from clients before sharing their data.
At Bloomsbury Law, we have a significant and wide experience of breach of contract cases. We have a vast amount of experience and have helped many businesses which seek to claim damages from breaches. Every case we are instructed on present a unique and complex issue in their own right. It is vital to seek professional and specialist advice due to the consequences of making wrong decisions in the early stages of a claim as your actions can have adverse legal consequences.
We understand breach of contract can be a frustrating and stressful time but please note, it is of the up most importance to contact our team of breach of contract specialists to receive expert advice.
What do I do next?
Contact us online or speak to one of our dedicated specialists on 0207 998 7777 for a free initial consultation. With our vast experience in the field, our bilingual speaking team will work with you to ensure this process runs as smooth as possible. All information you provide us with is treated with the utmost confidentiality.
We will contact you no later than the next working day to arrange a meeting at our offices in London W1 to advise on the agreement.