ALMOST every adult in England and Wales could receive a £750 share of a huge £34billion claim against Experian, it’s reported. The credit firm is being sued in a landmark High Court case that could see millions claim from a damages pot. The company holds information on some 46million individuals – but it’s accused of mis-selling data and building potentially inaccurate profiles, the Mail on Sunday reports. On Friday, lawyer Liz Williams, who lives in north Dorset, filed a writ at the High Court for £750. But the action could cripple the company. It accuses Experian of collecting data on Brits from a range of sources, including online questionnaires, the UK census and the electoral roll. The data is then allegedly sold on for commercial gain. Last October, the Information Commissioner’s Office found Experian was selling data onto third parties – including political groups – without their consent. It set out a range of penalties, and the company can be fined £20million if Experian doesn’t follow the steps set out. According to the writ filed by Ms Williams, the firm’s “processing and profiling [of data] was neither fair nor transparent”, while the alleged selling of data was done without consent…. Read full this story
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