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Data protection and information

Our international data protection team provides practical and commercial advice to clients across a wide range of sectors and jurisdictions. Recognised by legal directories, our team is highly experienced in advising on all aspects of data protection law, covering advisory, transactional, contentious and investigations data privacy issues. Visit our data protection hub to discover more information about data protection hot topics, key legal developments and our expertise and offering.
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Our experienced team of data protection specialists can assist with:

  • GDPR and data protection law compliance – advising on all aspects of data protection law, including updating contracts and policies for DP law compliance.
  • Cyber security and data breaches – providing strategic advice in relation to data privacy incident management and information security.
  • Data subject rights and freedom of information - responding to data subject access requests and complaints, including as part of employee grievance processes or litigation and drafting procedures, as well as advising on handling freedom of information requests.
  • Direct marketing and cookies – including advising on online/electronic direct marketing, social media and cookies.
  • Cross-border data transfers - drafting and advising on intra-group and external data transfer arrangements and safeguards.
  • Technology and data protection – including advising on privacy issues arising from technologies, including geo-location of mobile payment and apps and on privacy implications of smart devices, employee monitoring, bring your own device and AI.

"The ‘incredibly responsive, personable and efficient’ Stephenson Harwood handles the full gamut of data protection and information law issues."
The Legal 500 UK 2022

International bank

Advised an international bank on its GDPR compliance programme, providing a full suite of services from close involvement in the bank's data mapping exercise, providing a gap analysis on its compliance and producing sets of policies, contracts and procedures to fill the gaps identified to help the client work towards becoming GDPR-compliant.

Listed financial services provider

Advised in relation to a data breach of a payment platform operated by the client, where hackers had gained unauthorised access to the personal data of customers of over 5,000 merchants. This included advising on all aspects of incident response and potential disputes with third parties.

Professional services firm

Advised a professional services firm in relation to various DSAR compliance requirements and data subject requests in its contractual arrangements and standard terms.

DIFC data protection law 2020

Advised the Dubai branch of an international bank, and several other DIFC based/incorporated companies, on compliance with the DIFC data protection law 2020, including advice on filing requirements, processes, content of privacy policies, the appointment of a data protection officer and employment contract updates.

Financial institution

Advised a financial institution in Hong Kong on a data breach incident allegedly caused by the negligence of a third party service provider.

Online beauty retailer

Advised one of Europe's largest online beauty retailers on their GDPR compliance project including their direct marketing activities.

Analytics company

Advised an international analytics company on its response to the Schrems II case, including its intra-group transfers and transfer of client data to the US. 

Australian company

Advised on its complex onward transfer issues of EU personal data from the company in Australia to other jurisdictions and the impact of the Schrems II judgment.

Leading property developer

Advised on updates required to its UAE privacy policy to allow for potential transfers of consumer data between several Middle East jurisdictions, India and the UK.

Leading pharma company

Provided data privacy advice and drafted terms for healthcare apps for a leading pharma company including considering related information security and data privacy points.

Luxury goods and retail brands

Advised a luxury goods brand and a retail brand on its use of adtech, cookies and tracking pixels.

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Katie Hewson Partner

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Naomi Leach Partner

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Tom Platts Partner

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Sheetal Sandhu Partner at Virtus Law

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M:  +65 9114 9920 Email Sheetal | Vcard Office:  Singapore

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Ben Sigler Partner

T:  +44 20 7809 2919
M:  +44 7584 237 401 Email Ben | Vcard Office:  London

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02 Nov 2022

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Data Protection update – October 2022

Welcome to our data protection bulletin, covering the key developments in data protection law from October 2022.

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04 Oct 2022

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Data Protection update – September 2022

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31 Aug 2022

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Data Protection update - August 2022

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05 Aug 2022

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Data Protection update - July 2022

Welcome to our data protection bulletin, covering the key developments in data protection law from July 2022.

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19 Jul 2022

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DCMS AI Policy Statement

On 18 July DCMS issued a Policy Statement and call for views and evidence on the governance and regulation of AI.

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12 Jul 2022

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International employee DSARS - Practical tips for UK employers

n a recent article for Thomson Reuters PLC Magazine, partner Katie Hewson, associate Kate Ackland, trainee Joseph Samuelson and solicitor apprentice Jake Saville discu..

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12 Jul 2022

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Businesses operating in Hong Kong providing services to individuals in Mainland China: Personal data issues to consider 为中国大陆人士提供服务的香港企业:需要考虑的个人资料问题

The Personal Information Protection Law, which took effect on 1 November 2021, is Mainland China's first piece of legislation that relates entirely to data protection ..

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07 Jul 2022

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Data Protection update - June 2022

Welcome to our data protection bulletin, covering the key developments in data protection law from June 2022.

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01 Jun 2022

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Data Protection update - May 2022

Welcome to our data protection bulletin, covering the key developments in data protection law from May 2022.

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17 May 2022

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Stephenson Harwood lawyers author official commentary on DIFC data protection law

Members of Stephenson Harwood were commissioned by the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Academy of Law to author the Data Protection chapter in the latest e..

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05 May 2022

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Data Protection update - April 2022

Welcome to our data protection bulletin, covering the key developments in data protection law from April 2022.

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29 Apr 2022

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Cybersecurity risks: Fail to prepare; prepare to fail

The level of cybercrime continues to grow at an unprecedented rate in the UK and across the globe, with the threat of attacks exacerbated by the continued increase in ..

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06 Apr 2022

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Data Protection update - March 2022

Welcome to our data protection bulletin, covering the key developments in data protection law from March 2022.

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01 Apr 2022

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Presumption of innocence: privacy until proven guilty?

In a recent article for Thomson Reuter's PLC Magazine, partner Katie Hewson, associate Kate Ackland and solicitor apprentice Jake Saville discuss the legal principles ..

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04 Mar 2022

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Data Protection update - February 2022

Welcome to our data protection bulletin, covering the key developments in data protection law from February 2022.

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18 Feb 2022

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New UK data transfer tools

The final versions of the UK's new transfer tools (the IDTA and UK Addendum) have now been laid before Parliament and are available to use "immediately", subject to Pa..

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