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What happened in the Facebook Data Breach?

In 2019 Facebook admitted that it had been the victim of a cyber-attack that affected approximately 11 million UK account holders and over 500 million worldwide. Facebook became aware of the problem shortly after the breach but failed to notify it’s account holders at all. The breach occurred due to a vulnerability in it’s security system which it patched in August 2019. All the hacked data was published on a hacking forum on the 3rd April 2021.


Data Breached

  • Names
  • Email addresses
  • Locations
  • Birthdates
  • Facebook IDs



How much compensation will I receive? Typical compensation is between £1000 – £5000  depending on what data was breached and the consequences.

Who does the data breach affect? It appears 11 million UK account holders have been affected and the data is available to cybercriminals that will use it for phishing attempts and financial crime. It does not matter if at this time you have not suffered any loss. You are entitled to compensation

Should I have received correspondence from Facebook to notify me of the data breach? We consider that Facebook were obliged to notify all account holders of the breach in 2019 and warn of potential attacks.

What should I do now? The Data Protectors can help you make a claim for compensation even if you have not experienced a financial loss as a result of the Facebook data breach. Contact us today to start your claim.

What will it cost me to make a claim for the Facebook data breach? Our specialist data protection solicitors work on a  ‘no-win, no-fee’ basis so if your solicitor does not win your case, you will not be required to pay legal fees.


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