Data Privacy

In today’s interconnected world, data privacy and security should be high on the agenda of any business.

Increasing regulatory activity and consumer awareness means that the risks of getting it wrong are higher than they have ever been: bigger fines, adverse PR, loss of trust and extensive management time and resources can all result from failing to deal properly with data protection and security obligations.  Get it right, and good data protection practices can bring a serious competitive advantage.  With the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force in May 2018, the need for putting in place or updating adequate practices and procedures becomes more pressing.

Our data protection lawyers are experienced in working with our clients to ensure regulatory compliance.  In what can be a highly technical area, we will help you understand the issues and how they affect your business, and prioritise the key issues to minimise your risks.  We work with you to find practical solutions to your compliance obligations, on creating and updating the necessary policies and practices and, crucially, on ensuring that these are implemented effectively throughout the business.  Data security is an issue for everyone, not just the compliance officer or a marketing director.

Our work includes company-wide data protection audit and compliance reviews, international data transfers, database marketing, subject access requests and complaints, data security breach response, and ICO investigations and enforcement action, and litigation/dispute resolution.  Alongside defamation and privacy, data protection law is also an increasing valuable tool in protecting our clients’ personal reputations.