Data, Privacy & Cyber
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.
Data, privacy & security in the workplace: key issues in 202311 October 2023
Lewis Silkin’s afternoon conference provides a fantastic opportunity to catch up with peers, hear the latest from experts and specialist workplace privacy lawyers from around the world and find out what’s on the horizon. As ever, developments in workplace data and privacy have continued apace in 2023. Join us as we navigate some of the developments that will be of most interest to global employers going forward, including:
UK Government consults on consumer law reform11 September 2023
Even before the Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill (DMCC Bill) completes its passage through the UK parliament, the UK Government is consulting on further consumer law reform. A key purpose of the legislation under review in the consultation is to ensure consumers are provided with timely and relevant information when making decisions.
Data breaches in Hong Kong: To notify or not?31 August 2023
In July 2023, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data issued a revised guidance note on Data Breach Handling and Data Breach Notifications. The guidance note sets out practical recommendations on how data users can effectively prepare for and manage data breaches.
Mind-reading tech in the workplace – a good thing, or the end of the world as we know it?03 August 2023
The ICO released its first report on neurotechnology on 8 June: a fast-emerging tech that records and processes data directly from an individual’s brain and nervous system (“neurodata”).
The end of consent-less tracking by online platforms in the EU?27 July 2023
Like most of the ‘free’ internet, online social media are funded through online advertising that is tailored to individual users’ behaviour and interests. This decision of the CJEU in Case C-252/21 relates to one such platform, Meta, in respect of its online social network, Facebook. It is noteworthy for the advertising industry because it involves a competition authority determining data protection issues, and calls into question whether personalised advertising can be carried out by platforms on a basis other than consent.
Expanding UK and EU requirements to cyber-secure services and products in the supply chain24 July 2023
While we continue to wait for news from Whitehall on the UK government’s search for a “suitable legislative vehicle” to drive its proposed updates to the Network and Information Systems Regulations 2018 (NIS Regulations), we take a look at why the change is necessary to protect supply chains, what is proposed, and who it will likely affect – the focus being on providers of managed services. We also sum-up other key cybersecurity changes afoot, both in the UK and the EU, affecting participants in supply chains for services as well as hardware and software products.