Ticketmaster Breach

Ticketmaster Breach

Read more: The Sunday Times

In June 2018, concert ticketing group Ticketmaster suffered a security data breach, potentially affecting anyone that bought a ticket on the site between February and June 2018. The breach occurred after the new data protection laws (GDPR) came into force, which means this could be a damaging event for the company.

Gibson & Associates are a leading firm with expertise in Data Protection cases and bringing these cases to court. The law firm was asked by The Sunday Times to comment on the Ticketmaster case:

“While we cannot comment on any specific case, we are acting for a number of individuals who are seeking compensation as a result of the [Ticketmaster] breach.”

“In relation to Ticketmaster, it would seem that if an individual has suffered either material or non-material loss as a result, then they are entitled to legal redress through compensation*,” said Daireann Gibson, principal of Gibson & Associates. “Non-material loss includes . . . the anxiety and stress caused as a result of the data breach.”

It is thought that customers’ payment details and other information such as emails and phone numbers have been compromised in the breach. Individuals that were affected in the breach were notified by email shortly after the incident.




*In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.


Online printing giant Vistaprint left a customer database exposed, resulting in the access of information belonging to some of its USA, UK and Irish customers. It is estimated that up to 51,000 customer interaction information was held on the database. The information was mostly recordings calls to customer service or chats with an online support agent. Customer identifiers such as names and contact information were also exposed.

It’s a serious security lapse. Especially, in the fact that several GDPR rules were broken; the database was unencrypted, and there was no password to the database, meaning anybody could access. It’s not clear why the database was left vulnerable. The company, are launching an investigation into the breach and are notifying those affected. It’s not known of the Data Protection Commissioner has been notified of the breach.

If you are concerned that you could be affected by the breach, it is recommended that you change your Vistaprint password. And be looking out for a breach notification sent to you.




It has been found that third level student’s personal data is at high risk of being breached. Universities and ITs have an especially high risk of data leaks due to the sheer volume of personal data the institutes must process each year. The prevention of data breaches can be a difficult issue for institutions to manage due to the large volume of staff to train, and numerous network systems that have to be secured.

Student information stored on systems in universities can be of a sensitive nature such as PPSN numbers, along with banking details make this information highly valuable to criminals. And, because of this, hackers are deliberately targeting educational institutes worldwide.

83% of data breaches happen by unauthorised disclosure of people’s personal information. In the majority of cases, this disclosure is accidental — for example, someone emails information to an incorrect recipient, or documents get mislaid.

In other cases of data breaches, information may get leaked because of deliberate theft. This could be the result of a laptop being stolen, or files taken, or a cybersecurity attack. Disclosures such as these are becoming increasingly common. 

Three major breaches of student’s data in Ireland:

Since the GDPR regulation came into force on the 25th of May 2018, there have been three significant data breaches of student information:

Aug 2018, it was identified that there was a serious flaw in the Student Leap Card system (The student discount travel card). This error allowed college agents to view students personal information such as phone numbers, email address, home address etc.

November 2018, NUI Galway confirmed that the institute suffered a data breach when a USB stick went missing. The stick contained confidential information of 100s of students. It is thought that the USB contained names of around 5% of the student body, their student numbers and exam results. 

October 2019, The Institute of Technology Tralee apologised for a data leak. The breach involved an Excel document that contained personal information of several hundred students. The document was accidentally sent out in an informational email, to a group of students participating in the ITs graduation ceremony. 

Institutions must take steps to help prevent a data breach from occurring, major breaches are a costly and serious issue for universities. When a breach occurs the University or IT must notify all potentially affected students and that the incident must be reported to the Data Protection Commissioner.


In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or
a proportion of any award or settlement

Have you thought about your future?

While writing a will may not sound like the world’s most romantic gesture, lessening the administrative burden for those left behind is absolutely, definitely, unquestionably an act of love.

For the parents among us, it’s one of the most important things you can do to protect your children. Should both parents die without formally appointing legal guardians, decisions about your children’s care can lead to legal debates and further anxiety for the children.

Maybe you already have an up-to-date Will, but how many of us have thought about who will manage our affairs if we become incapacitated? Learn about the legal document, Power of Attorney, that allows you to appoint a person to make decisions about your property or financial affairs.

On Monday 11th of November 2019, All Saints’ will be hosting a talk given by Gibson & Associates Solicitors on the importance of appointing a Power of Attorney and having a Will.

Gibson & Associates will be working with the community in offering free Will workshops. This workshop will set up a basic Will for individuals and families. The workshops will be by appointment only. Appointments can be made through the Parish Office on 01 851 2459.

data breach

Users of popular graphic design company Canva have been exposed to a data breach. The cyber attack was by the same hacker responsible for the recent Zynga games attack Gnosticplayers, who earlier this year put the credentials of 620 million accounts from 16 websites up for sale. Canva is advising users to change their login password after the company’s database was reportedly compromised in the hacking attack.

The attack targeted usernames and email addresses, affecting up to 139 million users globally. Passwords were also obtained, but Canva assured users that passwords have been “salted and hashed with bcrypt,” meaning they remain unreadable by third parties. The platform recommends that users change their passwords as a precaution.

Canva is known to provide a wide range of free (or low-cost) creative tools and stock designs, making it an attractive platform for small marketing teams and novice designers.  Those who use (or have used) Canva should be wary of the security breach and change passwords before diving back in.

  • Canva said there is currently no indication that user designs were stolen by the hackers, and that credit card details remain safe and “confidential.”
  • Those using Facebook or Google to login to Canva were reportedly not affected by the breach.

If you use Canva, you can check on a site called Have I Been Pwned:  https://haveibeenpwned.com/ enter your login email, and this will show if your account has been compromised in a data breach. If the breach that you are pwned in occurred after the GDPR regulation came into force on the 25th of May 2018, you should seek legal advice regarding this.



In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or
the proportion of any award or settlement


Ardilaun Court is a stunning new development based in Raheny, Dublin 5. A mix of 1, 2 and 3 bed apartments and 3 and 4 bed houses situated at 1 Sybil Hill Road is now in final phase after proving to be very popular in the Dublin market. Delivered by MKN Property Group, who is a stand-out property developer in Ireland as they are providing some of the best quality homes in the country.

This stands out in the current market as it’s rare to see this much space in a property, while still being in such close proximity to the city centre. It is a breath of fresh air compared to city living as Ardilaun Court is situated right beside the remarkable St. Anne’s Park, which is  real Dublin treasure and one of Ireland’s largest and most beautiful city parks. It also has great public travel access as the DART is only a 7 minute walk away and there are many different bus routes along the Howth road.

If you are interested in these superb homes then we can help with your purchase. Once you have chosen the type you like we can give you your own personalised quote for us to complete the purchase. When choosing a solicitor to act for you, it can be tempting to opt for the one that’s the cheapest.  We always recommend that you consider all the elements and work that needs to be done, and choose the solicitor that gives you the confidence that everything will be taken care of….and of course that gives you a sense of value for money.  After all, buying a property is a big investment, and it’s important to feel that you are working with people who understand this.

If you would like to get in touch for a quote please call us on 01 872 3143 to speak to our dedicated Client Care Team, who is there to help you get your file opened and start you on your journey.

Find out more about the development on their website on ardilauncourt.ie or find out more about how to buy the property on daft.ie.


Road Safety

The dark nights will soon be upon us and the autumn and winter weather can make driving even more treacherous. No one ever expects to be in an accident but unfortunately, they can happen. What can you do to protect yourself safe and those who travel with you in the aftermath of an accident? There are a few practical points we can all follow:

  • In the immediate aftermath, make sure you stop your car as soon as possible. It is an offence not to. Turn off the engine and switch on your hazard lights.
  • Check yourself and your passengers for any injuries.
  • Call the Gardai or an ambulance immediately if anyone is hurt or if the road is blocked.
  • Stay calm and take some deep breaths. Most people will feel shaken after an accident – even if it is only minor.
  • You should exchange insurance details if another vehicle has been involved. If you suspect the driver does not have insurance or is drunk – call the Gardai.

From a legal/insurance perspective, you should note:

  • Make and model and car registration details of all vehicles involved in the collision.
  • If you have a camera/phone to hand. Take photos of the scene and the vehicles involved. As well as close shots, you should take some wider shots so that the layout of the road and the scene can be understood later if you need to instruct a solicitor or to assist your insurers.
  • If you have a dash camera, you should make the footage available to Gardai, your solicitors/insurers to assist in the investigations.
  • Note the time and date of the accident and the weather conditions.
  • You should contact your insurance company as soon as possible after an accident to report it.

If you have been in an accident, you can contact Gibson & Associates Solicitors to assist you in resolving the matter in a stress-free manner.

Donegal PPN in collaboration with Ulster Bank Community Banking is running a Community Health & Safety Roadshow across Donegal as part of Social Inclusion Week. The event aims to provide members of the public, especially older citizens, with a forum in which to stay safe and well in your community.

Subjects/talks include:

·        Road Safety

·        Current trends in fraud scams, including the warning signs, the safeguards to put in place and who to contact in the event of a fraud attempt.

·        Community groups and exhibitors

·        Legal information to safeguard your finances /estate (Wills, Power of Attorney etc.)

·        Personal Health

·        Community Gardai

There will be plenty of opportunities to speak to our exhibitors so please join us for informative talks, FAQ, exhibitors, refreshments and chat among fellow citizens on issue’s affecting you and your community.
The event is free to attend and walk-ins are welcome, but reserving a spot is recommended and easy to do by emailing mary.clyde@donegalcoco  or eve.c.curran@ulsterbank.com


Location Date Venue Time
Dungloe 7th October 2019 CDP Na Rosann, Chapel Road,  Dungloe 11am – 3pm
Letterkenny 8th October 2019 Letterkenny Public Services Centre, Neil T Blaney Rd, Drumnahoagh, Letterkenny 6pm – 9pm
Lifford 14th October 2019 Lifford Clonleigh Family Resource Centre, Townparks, LIfford 11am – 3pm
Inver 21st October 2019 Inver Community Centre, Inver 7pm – 9pm


Promoting Positive actions that are being done by local groups in Donegal in relation to Community Safety