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Please could you advise, my company use my picture and full

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JA: Hi. How can I help?
Customer: Please could you advise, my company use my picture and full name in public area without my permission . Do I have a rights to fight against them.
JA: What written documentation do you have?
Customer: This is in local news paper also on Google. I have find out this just now but this was added in to public last year September
JA: Have you talked to a local attorney? Has anything been filed in court?
Customer: Not yet as I am not sure what can I do with it, but I am working in a bussines that is not really good that everybody should know my full name. (gambling)
JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: No thank you

Hello, my name is ***** ***** I am a qualified lawyer happy to help you today.

If your data is being used without your consent, this is in breach of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). Note that this is EU law but it still applies in the UK until the end of December this year (during the Brexit transition period). A revision of the law (“UK GDPR”) will come in to effect in January 2021 but for the present purposes, it applies as normal in the UK.

GDPR protects data subjects and if you do not consent, anyone who hands out your data can be held in breach of GDPR. What this means is that the Information Commissioner's Office (the "ICO") can fine companies heavily if they find there has been a breach. The fines are either up to £17m or 4% of company turnover, whichever is greater. As such, I would recommend that you inform the ICO on 0303(###) ###-#### They will take your details and if they feel there has been a data breach will contact the company and possibly fine them. A lot of companies do not realise the extent of the fines and it is envisaged a lot of businesses will go bust in the event of a breach, not just because of the fines but because the aggrieved party can also claim compensation.

If the ICO tells you there has been a GDPR breach then it makes it much easier to claim compensation (under Article 77 of GDPR) - the amount of which varies and depends on the severity of the breach and the impact it has had upon the aggrieved party. The new data protection law is very new so unfortunately not many cases have been tried in court, so there is not a precedent for compensation levels (yet). As a very rough guide you would be looking at anything between £1,000 and £10,000 (the latter being for a serious breach which has adversely affected you).

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Many thanks,

Jim

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Thank you for your help

No problem, have a good day

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