GDPR: are you prepared?

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) is EU-wide data protection legislation brought in to update existing data protection laws. This came into force on the 25th May 2018. In order to address the risks posed to personal data and privacy by computers and the internet, and to deal with the flaws in the existing data protection legislation, the GDPR was approved by the European Parliament in 2016. 

Computers and the internet have made it much easier and quicker to store, transfer and process personal data and have therefore exposed personal data to greatly increased risk of misuse, loss and theft. The EU and national governments have in response introduced a series of laws and regulations culminating in the General Data Protection Regulation.

The GDPR greatly increases the responsibilities and accountability of organisations in respect of the collection, management, storage, security and disclosure of the personal data that they handle. The GDPR also introduces mandatory breach reporting and much tougher penalties for those who do not comply.

GDPR is intended to strike a balance between the rights of individuals to privacy and the capacity of businesses, organisations and government to use personal data for their own purposes. Compliance with the GDPR cannot simply be delegated to the IT team – it is a business wide responsibility which must be co-ordinated by a GDPR Data Protection Officer or someone with similar expertise.

Our team has the right combination of skills to deal quickly and effectively with the legal issues that arise from the GDPR and cyber risks. We work with leading loss adjusters, specialist GDPR solution providers, expert technicians and an international network of specialist lawyers to provide a comprehensive service:

  • Policy coverage advice
  • Data audit and management
  • GDPR compliance
  • Information security testing and training
  • Cyber incident response
  • Brand protection/reputation management.
  • Emergency injunctions
  • Civil and criminal remedies
  • Contentious and non contentious IP advice.

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The team

Tim Smith
partner and head of TMT and cyber
Nick Gibbons