Data protection and information

Our experienced team advises clients in relation to all aspects of data protection and information law. Our focus is on providing clear, succinct guidance that cuts through the complex framework of the regulations and goes further than straightforward black letter advice.
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Our team advises on:

  • Cross-border data transfers - drafting intra-group and external data transfer arrangements and coordinating multi-jurisdictional advice.
  • Marketing – advising on privacy issues around online and other channels of direct marketing and compliance with e-Privacy Regulations (including use of social media for marketing).
  • Mobile payment and other applications – advising on the privacy impacts of developing mobile applications, including issues around the use of geo-location data.
  • BYOD – advising on the privacy implications of “bring your own device” initiatives rolled out to employees of large regulated organisations.
  • Privacy policies – drafting and advising on internal (employee) and external (customer) privacy policies and “fair processing notices”.
  • SARs – advising on subject access requests, including as part of employee grievance processes or litigation.
  • FoIA - advising both public sector clients on handling freedom of information requests and on the implications for private sector clients of contracting with public sector bodies.
  • Governance and control – providing strategic advice on data privacy incident management, information security and record retention.

Members of the team have also spent time on client secondments, including to the privacy teams of Barclays Bank and Standard Chartered Bank.

"The team really know what they're doing. They just become part of our team, which I've truly enjoyed"
Chambers UK 2014

Barclays Bank PLC

We advise on a wide range of privacy issues including time on secondment to its Data Privacy Legal team and advising on digital marketing initiatives.

Multi-national life science company

We advise a multi-national life science company on its intra-group data transfer agreements and registrations.

UK Pharma company

We advise UK Pharma company on DP policies and standard operating procedures.

Standard Chartered Bank

We advise Standard Chartered Bank on EU data protection issues.

The Cloud Networks Limited

We advise The Cloud Networks Limited on data retention regulations.

Corporation Service Company

We advise Corporation Service Company on a global privacy programme.

Large US retailer

We advise a large US retailer on the regulatory issues relating to the launch of an e-commerce website in the UK and changes to the ePrivacy Directive.

Affinion International

We advise Affinion International on data protection considerations relating to card protection products and a scheme of redress.

LOVEFiLM

We advised LOVEFiLM on data protection issues relating to its sale to Amazon.

We are also recognised as a leading law firm in the Legal 500 directories.

Lawyer

Jonathan Kirsop Partner

T:  +44 20 7809 2121
M:  +44 7554 403 022 Email Jonathan | Vcard Office:  London

Lawyer

Tom Platts Partner

T:  +65 6622 9641
M:  Email Tom | Vcard Office:  Jakarta, Singapore

Latest news & insights

31 Aug 2016

From Insights

Data Protection update - August 2016

Coverage this month includes: the European Commission report on the E-Privacy Direct consultation, model clauses released by the Singapore regulator, and changes to Wh..

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29 Jul 2016

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Data Protection update - July 2016

Coverage this month includes the adoption of Privacy Shield, a key development in the case of Google v Vidal-Hall and legal issues for Microsoft in the US and France. ..

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30 Jun 2016

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Data Protection update - June 2016

Coverage this month includes: our analysis of the result of last week’s EU Referendum, and the effect "Brexit" would have on the data protection landscape in the UK, c..

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27 May 2016

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Data Protection update - May 2016

Coverage this month includes: the publication of the General Data Protection Regulation, a Supreme Court ruling on celebrity injunctions, a challenge from the Irish re..

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28 Apr 2016

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Data Protection update - April 2016

Coverage this month includes: the adoption of the European General Data Protection Regulation; a useful ruling from the High Court on Subject Access Requests and the i..

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29 Mar 2016

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Data Protection update - March 2016

Coverage this month includes an update on the progress of the European Union GDPR as well as a summary of recently published guidance provided by the ICO on how to pre..

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29 Feb 2016

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Data Protection update - February 2016

Coverage this month includes details of the new EU/US agreement to replace Safe Harbor, the recent steps taken by the UK and France towards implementing the General Da..

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28 Jan 2016

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Data Protection update - January 2016

Coverage this month includes an update on Safe Harbor, Russia's "Right to be Forgotten" law and the news that the French Government has rejected a proposed amendment t..

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15 Jan 2016

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Court finds that employer monitoring of private messages does not infringe privacy

In a judgment of 12 January, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has held that there was no violation of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (r..

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03 Dec 2015

From Insights

Data Protection update - November 2015

Coverage this month includes the release of a new consolidated draft of the General Data Protection Regulation as the Trilogue process looks set to draw to an end, upd..

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09 Nov 2015

From Insights

Data Protection update - October 2015

Coverage this month includes a round-up of regulator statements issued in the wake of the Safe Harbor judgment. In our cybersecurity section we outline further high pr..

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30 Sep 2015

From Insights

Data Protection update - September 2015

This edition covers various topics including the recent high-profile opinion of Advocate General Bot of the Court of Justice of the European Union which suggests that ..

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27 Aug 2015

From Insights

Data Protection update - August 2015

We outline the Supreme Court’s ruling to grant part permission to appeal the Google v Vidal-Hall decision. We also consider a recent decision of the High Court to refu..

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06 Jul 2015

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Data Protection update - July 2015

We outline details of an intended review of the Freedom of Information Act plus more.

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30 Jun 2015

From Insights

Data Protection update - June 2015

In this issue, we outline the progress being made with the draft Data Protection Regulation, together with calls by the French data protection authority (CNIL) for Goo..

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04 May 2015

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Data Protection update - May 2015

We outline the Irish Data Protection Commissioner's new responsibility for Twitter privacy plus more.

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