Data protection and GDPR

Data protection and GDPR

We support companies of all sizes on data protection and privacy issues, from start-ups to large corporate entities. Whether you require short-term crisis management assistance, or a cross-border programme tailored to satisfy more than one national data protection authority, we always aim to provide you pragmatic, practical and timely solutions.

GDPR applies to the processing of personal data, which is information relating to a living individual that identifies them. This includes anonymous information which can be mapped with other information to identify a living person. Even where a business has lawfully collected personal information, it will be subject to fulfilling data access requests which allow individuals to obtain information held about them. There are strict obligations and timetables in relation to such requests which need to be adhered to.

Are you GDPR compliant?

The General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/2017 (GDPR) was the biggest overhaul of data protection law in twenty years, establishing a single set of rules for all EU member states and do away with national data protection laws.

The GDPR extends the data rights of individuals and requires organisations to develop clear policies and procedures to protect personal data and adopt appropriate technical and organisational measures. Fines for non-compliance can now be as high as 4% of global turnover.

There is a vast amount of material freely available about GDPR but it can be a case of information overload, and knowing what the rules are and knowing what to do about them are two very different things.

Our helpful guide to GDPR sets out four handy steps to becoming GDPR compliant and covers exactly what is meant by personal data and what businesses need to do to protect it.

A Guide to GDPR

What’s next?

It’s now been over a year since GDPR came into affect, and our Commercial team have been advising a wide range of clients across many sectors ensuring they have the tools, knowledge and support they need to keep their business and data GDPR compliant.

Guy Cartwright and Charlotte Allery answer some of the most common questions we are receiving from our clients on the impact and implementation of GDPR, including lessons learnt, top tips for compliance, and thoughts on what’s next.

For more information on GDPR, please speak to a member of the Commercial and Intellectual Property Services team, or fill in the enquiry form.

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