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Data protection & privacy

Expert advice in relation to all aspects of information governance, data protection, privacy, cyber liability and electronic communications within the private sector.

For many private sector organisations information, data and especially personal data are critical to the success of their businesses. Both public and private sector organisations are collecting, holding and processing ever greater amounts of personal data, sensitive personal data and other data in the course of their day to day operations.

The UK Government is committed to upholding information rights in the public interest and protecting the privacy of individuals in respect of their personal data. In an increasingly regulated environment, organisations must be aware of their obligations under relevant legislation including the Data Protection Act 1998, (the "DPA") and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003, (as amended), (the "Regulations"). The proposed "EU Data Protection Regulation", with its more stringent rules and penalty regime (which may be linked to annual turnover) means that the importance of compliance will become more acute for all organisations.

Breaches of the DPA and the Regulations can lead to significant reputational damage for organisations. Additionally, the financial penalties that can be levied for breach of the DPA are becoming increasingly severe and there are also a number of other possible consequences. Undoubtedly the future will entail an increase in the data protection compliance obligations of all organisations that collect, hold and/or process personal data as part of their operations (both home and abroad).

Weightmans' expert team provides advice in respect of a full range of data protection and information governance related issues including:

Data Protection issues

  • access to and use of sensitive personal data
  • cyber liability
  • data sharing
  • data subject access requests
  • employment related issues
  • exemptions
  • international data transfers
  • notification and general data protection compliance
  • personal data security breaches
  • privacy policies and compliance with the "fair processing code"
  • social media

Privacy and Electronic Communications issues

  • electronic marketing
  • personal data security breaches
  • the rules regarding cookies and cookies policies

We have a significant practice advising a wide variety of clients on data protection and information governance matters, ranging from sole traders to multinationals. We have particular experience advising insurance industry bodies on the set up of fraud detection services, such as databases holding detailed claims data. We also regularly act for a wide variety of other types of clients, both in the public and private sectors, ranging from insurers and insurance industry bodies, to healthcare providers, universities, police forces and local authorities, to providers of short term loans and automotive companies.

Protecting personal data is key for us and we found that when working with Weightmans we were able to find watertight solutions to data protection questions in critical areas such as data sharing and data security

Kaushik Patel, Head of Risk and Compliance, Motor Insurers’ Bureau

Sean Crotty
"We are private sector experts in information governance, data protection, privacy, cyber liability and electronic communications. "
Sean Crotty

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