Data Protection

Doing business in the digital age demands organisations to prioritise data protection at all costs

With the GDPR applying to any entity that has control over personal data, this is not an issue that can be put on the backburner for another day. From marketing issues to policies, privacy notices and personal data of employees, leaders must ensure they have in-house expertise to ensure compliance across all departments. In practice, this can often prove a challenge.

However, GDPR is not the only regulatory change that businesses should prepare for. New laws surrounding e-Privacy and communication will play a crucial role in the marketing strategy of many EU based companies. Further to this, the Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive will require any organisation providing a critical component of the national infrastructure (e.g. health, transport, energy and financial services) to develop robust cyber security policies.

Every day, our data protection lawyers strive to deliver an expert-led, cost-effective legal service that your business can depend on. We do this by steering you through the compliance maze, mapping out the risks and putting in place the frameworks necessary to protect you from potential costly claims, government sanctions and reputational damage.

Expertise

Under the EU GDPR, individuals have the right to access their personal data by making a subject access request verbally or in writing. Our data protection law specialists provide practical advice to businesses on access rights and help them establish robust processes for compliance.

We understand the challenges that can arise in implementing the systems and processes required to ensure full compliance with data protection laws. Our dedicated team works in tandem with a diverse portfolio of clients to provide clarity on their obligations with regards to handling personal data. We can also assist organizations to respond and react appropriately and effectively in the event of a data breach.

Just like customer data, companies have a duty to act responsibly with the personally identifiable information of employees. We regularly assist our clients on the appropriate measures to be taken in avoiding unlawful data processing, accidental loss or damage to personal data.

The EU GDPR ushered in a new era of data protection standards across the commercial environment. Since the new regulations came into force in England and Wales in 2018, our lawyers have been committed to providing expert guidance and pragmatic support to help businesses ensure full compliance. From assisting data protection officers to advising on marketing communications and best practice in lawful data processing.

Our global network of privacy law experts regularly assist clients to implement frameworks for compliance with data protection laws and put in place appropriate security and risk management practices as regulatory pressures increase.

According to EU rules around data protection, international transfers can only take place when there is an adequate level of protection to the fundamental right of individuals. If your business plans require international transfers of data as part of day-to-day activities, our expert team can provide legal guidance and help in adequacy assessments to ensure the smooth, secure and compliant flow of data to and from your organisation.

Privacy policies are critical in outlining exactly how you intend to use the data of business and individuals who interact with your organisation. If you are seen to be using data for reasons not explicitly stated in your policy, you leave your business open to risk. Our heavyweight privacy and information security lawyers provide expert guidance in drafting privacy policies that enable you to harness data honestly and transparently.

It only takes one oversight for an organisation’s systems to breached. To limit the damage, EU organisations must only retain personal data if there is a legitimate reason for doing so. We guide businesses through the complex rules surrounding retained data and requests for disclosure, providing hands-on advice on the creation of policies and procedures relating to such retained data.

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