GDPR and Data Protection Lawyers
Any business must get the right advice about GDPR and data protection compliance. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was introduced in May 2018 to give people more control over how organisations use their personal information, and it applies from 25th May 2018.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is one of the most significant changes to data protection regulation since the introduction of the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC in 1995.
In short, the GDPR gives individuals far greater rights over their personal data than ever before. Although there are some exceptions, the general principle is that organisations must gain consent before collecting, holding or processing data about individuals.
It is important to remember that although the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is an EU law, it still applies to any UK business after Brexit and should not be ignored.
GDPR and data protection compliance are overseen by the UK's Information Commissioners Office (ICO).
What GDPR issues could I face as a business owner?
Businesses must comply with the regulation, but understanding the complexity of the law can be difficult. Many small businesses don't realise how much data they hold about their employees, clients, suppliers, partners and even customers.
Under GDPR, companies must now ensure that any personal data collected is accurate and up to date, and consent is freely given. They must also ensure that the person knows how to access and correct the data held about them and that it is deleted once no longer needed. The individual should have also been notified of how long the data will be kept and whether it will be shared with others.
Organisations that fail to protect data adequately face massive fines. The maximum penalty for non-compliance is €20m or 4% of annual global turnover, whichever is higher. A breach of data protection laws is also a criminal offence.
How do I know if my company needs to comply with GDPR?
If your organisation collects, holds or processes data on individuals who are based in the European Union (EU), you need to comply with GDPR. If you have any staff or contractors working in the EU, you may need to consider what steps you need to take to ensure you meet the requirements of complex cross-border GDPR issues.
How our GDPR & data protection experts can assist you in complying with data protection laws.
We help you comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We understand how important it is to protect personal information, and we know that compliance is not just about following rules; it is about understanding what those rules mean for your business and drafting GDPR-compliant contracts, data protection policies, and clauses that stand up to scrutiny.
The GDPR sets out several key principles every organisation must follow when processing personal data. This includes ensuring individuals have control over their data. Organisations must ensure that they are meeting the requirements of the regulation. There needs to be transparency around how data is being processed.
We can help you comply with the GDPR by providing tailored, jargon-free and commercially astute legal advice.
Supporting you and your business in the event of a data breach.
The cost can be huge if your business or organisation suffers a data breach, as your business or organisation could face severe financial and reputational damage. If you don't take steps to protect your business or organisation against such events, it could be one thing that haunts you forever.
In our experience, data breaches are often triggered by human error.
Contact our data protection solicitors today to find out how our expertise can benefit your business by advising on data protection and privacy issues.
What happens after a data breach?
A data breach occurs when an unauthorised person gains access to sensitive data. It's usually caused by someone accidentally downloading confidential files from your computer network or malicious software infecting your system.
It's important to remember that a data breach doesn't necessarily mean there was a criminal act involved. Sometimes, people make mistakes, resulting in sensitive data falling into the wrong hands.
Once a data breach has occurred, it's vital that you respond quickly and effectively. You should notify affected individuals immediately.
You'll also need to assess the damage done to your business. For example, if you store financial records, you might want to freeze accounts until you're sure everything is back under control.
You should also contact your insurance company to see whether you're covered for a data breach. Your insurer will then advise you on the best course of action.
If you think that a data breach has happened, you should start by contacting your IT support provider. They'll be able to tell you whether anything suspicious has been happening and, if so, what actions they took to prevent further incidents.
If you suspect that a data breach has taken place, you should contact our data breach solicitors, who will provide you with the help, support and legal advice you need to bring the situation quickly back under control.
Why choose our data protection solicitors?
Our tech-savvy and incredibly experienced data protection lawyers offer practical solutions to help you protect your organisation's reputation and ensure compliance with a wide range of complex data protection and GDPR regulations.
We understand how important it is to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in the field, so we regularly monitor relevant legislation and regulatory changes and advise on privacy notice updates.
Whether you represent a public sector organisation or an SME, our commercial lawyers can call upon their vast experience working across various industry sectors to help you achieve your desired outcome.
We're here to ensure you don't miss out on key opportunities. We know what information needs protecting, and we'll give you precise, jargon-free guidance about what steps you need to take to comply with data protection laws.
We will advise you of any gaps in compliance with your current policies or how to handle data subject access requests.
Contact our expert team today for a speak to our experts and talk confidentially about your data protection issues with one of our specialist data protection lawyers.