Facebook hack could result in GDPR compensation

Lawyer says that users could potentially claim under GDPR for latest security failure

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Facebook hack could result in GDPR compensation Facebook users could potentially bring a claim against the social media site for failing to protect their data. (Shutterstock Images)
By  Mark Sutton Published  October 5, 2018

The latest Facebook security failure could results in thousands of dollars in compensation under GDPR, according to experts.

A law firm in the UK has said that the security incident, which left 50million user accounts exposed to hackers, could see the first major compensation claims under the new GDPR.

Speaking to newspaper The Sun, Gareth Pope, head of group litigation at law company Slater and Gordon, said that anyone who had been hacked, who is resident in, or a citizen of the EU, could potentially claim damages of around $6,000 - $9,000.

GDPR includes provision for people whose data has been leaked by a company or organisation, to claim compensation for that loss.

Under Article 82 of GDRP, anyone can claim for material or non-material damage, meaning users don't have to show a financial loss, but just that the incident caused them distress.

Pope noted that any legal action would likely be quite complex, and costly to get started, but that in the case of Facebook there does seem to have been a failure to secure data.

He added that a group action against Facebook, backed with insurance to cover costs in case of a loss would be the most prudent approach to suing Facebook, although no such actions have happened so far.

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