Damages for Data Protection Breaches in the UK – Has the Court of Appeal Opened the Floodgates?

    View Author April 2015

    Following an appeal by Google Inc., the Court of Appeal has issued a judgment that could make it much easier for individuals who are adversely affected by breaches of data protection law to bring claims for compensation. The decision not only confirms that misuse of private information is a tort, but also allows claims for compensation under the Data Protection Act 1998, without pecuniary loss. The decision has the potential to open the floodgates to compensation claims against data controllers where the individual has suffered distress but no pecuniary loss.