Data & Privacy
In today’s information-fuelled world, data can hold the key to generating competitive advantage.
Companies can differentiate themselves through exploiting their proprietary data and utilising customer information to bring new and more tailored products and services to market, boost brand loyalty and grow market share. However, as recent cybersecurity breaches, data protection failures and privacy issues have shown, there are significant risks involved too. Data flows are increasingly international in nature and delivered through a multitude of platforms, channels and stakeholders making legal compliance more challenging than ever before.
In this environment, legal guidance which is not only tailored to clients’ particular circumstances but is also viewed in a wider context is key. We don’t see data protection and privacy as a standalone issue, regularly bringing to bear valuable skills sets embedded within our team to address client challenges. This includes market-leading IP and employment expertise, and in depth experience across the advertising & marketing, media & entertainment, tech, retail and professional services sectors. From compliance and risk management advice to monetisation of data - our advice is not just multi-disciplinary, it is multi-faceted.
You can view our latest 2 Data Privacy blog posts below and our full blog here.
Learning from others’ mistakes: two common security failings in five data breaches - Ali Vaziri and Tamsin Hoque write for PDP journal06 November 2020
In an article for PDP journal Ali Vaziri and Tamsin Hoque mine five Penalty Notices issued in recent years by the UK ICO for insight into how organisations can avoid making the same mistakes, and comment on the recent BA fine.
The ICO takes action in the offline data broking sector02 November 2020
The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (‘ICO’) has issued an enforcement notice to Experian giving it nine months to remedy non-compliant personal data processing that it considers to be in breach of data protection legislation.
Cybersecurity and remote working - One person's risk is another's opportunity: Victor Timon comments for the Irish Examiner30 October 2020
In this article for the Irish Examiner, Victor Timon comments on how Covid-19 and home working have caused cybercrime to spiral, providing an easier route into corporate systems.
Dealing with Data Subject Access Requests27 October 2020
Receiving a Data Subject Access Request (a ‘DSAR’) can be tricky for any organisation. In addition to the additional work created for overstretched IT, HR and data privacy personnel, the potentially thousands of documents that a DSAR can cover need to be analysed, redacted and reproduced for the data subject, all within the deadline of a calendar month.
ICO publishes updated Data Subject Access Request guidance23 October 2020
Two and a half years after the GDPR came into force, the ICO have published their long awaited guidance on Data Subject Access Requests (“DSARs”).
BA’s jumbo fine significantly reduced21 October 2020
In what has so far been a torrid year for British Airways (“BA”), the ICO decision to significantly reduce the level of fine it intended to issue following their data breach in 2018 is likely to be seen by BA as a glimmer of hope.