Earlier this year, Capita – a firm that administers pensions on behalf of several UK companies – experienced a significant data protection breach. The Capita data breach could affect millions of UK pension holders. And, to make matters worse, the beneficiaries of these pension holders have also had their data exposed to cybercriminals.
Who is affected by the Capita pensions data breach?
With a workplace pension, you (and your employer) put money aside to provide an income for when you retire. In the event of your death, your pension benefits may pass to your next of kin (usually your spouse, civil partner, or children). These people are also known as your beneficiaries.
Following the Capita data breach, our cyber experts launched an investigation to find out what happened and who is affected by this data security incident. We have discovered that – as well as exposing the personal information of pension holders – the Capita data breach also affects their beneficiaries.
This means that the next of kin of any affected pension holder may have had the following information breached:
The damage that can be done with the compromised information should not be underestimated. At Keller Postman UK, we have seen victims of similar data breaches become the target of cybercriminals, with instances of phishing, fraud, and identity theft.
As such, victims of the Capita hack – including pension holders and their beneficiaries – must be vigilant.
Join our Capita data breach compensation claim
We have launched a group action to help victims of this data breach claim compensation, and we are already representing hundreds of clients in this action.
If you receive notification that you are affected by a Capita data breach – either as a pension holder or a nominated beneficiary – you can register to join our group action. We’ll let you know what’s happening, and help you to make a no-win, no-fee data breach compensation claim against Capita.