Data protection and cyber law

Advances in data processing and technology present a huge opportunity for your business – but recent scandals involving major multinationals have shown how damaging any breach of these systems can be.

Organizations in all sectors face a triple threat of greater scrutiny from the public and regulators, more stringent data protection regulation and increasing external and internal threats.

It is not only large corporations that are under attack. This affects clients of all sizes. In one shocking recent case, we acted for a small company that had fallen victim to ransomware, used to steal data that is then withheld until a ransom is paid. We reviewed what legal responsibilities they had, with reference to how mission-critical the stolen information was. Ultimately the client opted not to pay the ransom that had been demanded, and took our advice on how to strengthen its online protection.

We cut through regulatory jargon and help you to manage risks efficiently

Whatever the scale of your business, we will advise you on how to store, process and manage data to ensure compliance with the ever-expanding body of international rules and regulations. Our firm regularly deals with cross-border data protection issues and we have reviewed privacy compliance for a leading internet brand and conducted data privacy audits for international manufacturers. Our lawyers cut through regulatory jargon and help you to manage risks efficiently.

If you fear you may be vulnerable to threats arising from employees losing data, systems being inadequate or information being taken by clandestine means, we offer guidance on protective measures to take. When a data breach has occurred, we advise as to who needs to be notified and how to communicate with your clients, if necessary calling on colleagues in our reputation management team to assist. When one client faced legal action over a major data-handling failure, we helped its management team with regulatory fallout and negotiated a quick settlement.

We have also assisted a number of clients in dealing with regulatory investigations in relation to marketing practices, including a major investigation of the charity fundraising sector by the UK Information Commissioner, which has received extensive press coverage. We frequently deal with issues around data subject access requests, working with colleagues in our employment and other teams to deal with requests for data disclosure, often in the context of wider disputes. We are also active members of the International Association for Privacy Professionals (IAPP), which offers access to a rich database of privacy know-how and professionals worldwide.

‘Withers is the extra man on your team, someone immediately accessible, who can help,’ says partner Kenneth Mullen, who regularly advises on commercial technology and data protection issues.

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Jonathan serves as a Co-opted Executive Committee Member in the Cloud & Data Chapter of SGTech. He has been very supportive of the Chapter’s initiatives and contributes to the Chapter by providing practical insights and recommendations. Jonathan is attuned to the current market and is knowledgeable about the legal aspects in Cloud & Data business. We consider Jonathan as one of the leading lawyers specialised in technology. He has also made available the wide global network and cross-capabilities of Withers tech to benefit our members.

Mr Lim Soon Tein, Cloud & Data Chapter Chairman (2017 - 2020), SGTech

Withers tech is a valuable partner to SGTech, with its deep bench of highly experienced lawyers, skilled in advising on the full range of legal areas for tech companies. We have been working with the team in Singapore to deliver timely and quality content that is highly relevant and beneficial to our tech members. A key example was the sharing on legal ramifications of the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act when it was first passed. The team delivers practical and commercially strategic advice and knowledge with confidence stemming from their vast experience working with diverse industry sectors on the entire spectrum of tech law.

Mr Yeo See Kiat, Executive Director, SGTech

Jonathan has been a great help in addressing key data acquisition and licensing issues as we build our database and business model for our proptech platform. He has a wide breadth of expertise in the tech law space, from drafting of data transfer, licensing and subscription agreements to providing commercial and timely corporate advice. Jonathan and his team are well equipped, responsive and go the extra mile – exactly what we need to establish our business on a firm legal foundation.

Leong Si Ngah, CEO of SoReal

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