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 across the UK and Northern Ireland, Ireland and Hong Kong 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.
Is Ireland the GDPR bottleneck paralysing enforcement in Europe?22 September 2021
In its recent report entitled “Europe’s Enforcement Paralysis” (Report), the ICCL looks at the overall enforcement capacity of European data protection authorities in cross-border cases. It paints a gloomy picture, highlighting several glaring issues
The ICO approves the first UK certification scheme criteria: Alexander Milner-Smith writes for Privacy Laws17 September 2021
Alexander Milner-Smith comments in Privacy Laws on the ICO’s Children’s Code and age verification following the ICOs approval of the UK's first age verification certificate scheme
Vaccination policies – data privacy concerns for employers in Hong Kong17 August 2021
With over half of Hong Kong’s population having received a first vaccine dose, employers may be keen to monitor which of their employees have been vaccinated.
In House Data Club: Leveraging First Party Data and AdTech – 101 for advertisers15 July 2021
With the ICO taking aim at the data broking sector late last year and reconvening its Adtech investigation early this year, and as a result of other movements in the industry (including Apple’s ‘permission to track’ framework), advertisers and others are increasingly looking to build and leveraging their first party data, and use ad-tech, to create and target audiences in an effective yet privacy compliant manner.
New EU Standard Contractual Clauses – what do you need to know and what, if anything, should you be doing now?30 June 2021
On 4 June 2021 the European Commission published the new EU Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs) and they appeared in the Official Journal on 7 June 2021.
Ireland - Collecting employee vaccine data – latest guidance24 June 2021
With many employers planning the return to the workplace the question arises as to what vaccination data (if any) can be collected from returning staff. The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) has [finally] issued guidance clarifying its position on whether it is permissible for employers to collect and process this information.