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Data protection and cyber law

Organizations of all sizes are facing greater public scrutiny around data at the same time as changing regulations and increasing external and internal threats. We advise on how to store, process and manage data in line with international rules.

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 their legal responsibilities 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. 

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.

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Ben Williams

Ben Williams

Partner | London

Ben Williams

Partner | London

Intellectual property and technology

Kenneth Mullen

Kenneth Mullen

Partner | London

Kenneth Mullen

Partner | London

Intellectual property and technology

Doron S. Goldstein

Doron S. Goldstein

Partner | New York

Doron S. Goldstein

Partner | New York

Corporate

Hugh More

Hugh More

Partner | London

Hugh More

Partner | London

Employment

Sarah Barker

Sarah Barker

Partner | London

Sarah Barker

Partner | London

Art law

Jacopo Liguori

Jacopo Liguori

Partner | Milan

Jacopo Liguori

Partner | Milan

Intellectual Property and Technology

Jo Sanders

Jo Sanders

Partner | London

Jo Sanders

Partner | London

Litigation and Arbitration

Richard Penfold

Richard Penfold

Partner | London

Richard Penfold

Partner | London

Intellectual property and technology

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