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Insurance information governance law

Expert advice in relation to all aspects of data protection and privacy and electronic communications within the insurance sector.

For many insurance sector organisations information, data and especially personal data are critical to the success of their businesses. Insurers, self-insureds and intermediaries collect, hold and process 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 the Data Protection Act 1998, (the "DPA") and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003, (as amended), (the "Regulations").

Breaches of the DPA and the Regulations can lead to significant reputational and brand damage for organisations. Additionally, the financial penalties that can be levied for breach of the DPA are becoming increasingly severe, as well as a number of other possible consequences. In addition, the European Commission has issued new and extensive legislative proposals regarding data protection which are considerably more detailed and far reaching than the current regime and which are likely to increase the data protection compliance obligations of all organisations that collect, hold and/or process personal data as part of their operations.

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
  • data sharing
  • data subject access requests
  • employment related issues
  • exemptions
  • international data transfers
  • notification and general data protection complianceĀ 
  • privacy policies and compliance with the "fair processing code"
  • personal data security breaches

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 insurance sector organisations, on data protection and information governance matters, in addition to insurance industry bodies on the set up of fraud detection services, such as databases holding detailed claims data. We also act for a wide variety of other types of clients, both in the public and private sectors.

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 Insurersā€™ Bureau

Ed Lewis
"We are insurance sector experts in information governance, data protection, privacy, cyber liability and electronic communications."
Ed Lewis

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