Compliance as a competitive advantage.
As technology has advanced in recent years data, and specifically personal data, has become a central component of the vast majority of businesses. At the same time, a more strictly regulated legal framework has developed around privacy and data protection. Regardless of size or location, businesses must ensure they are collecting, storing and using individuals’ personal data lawfully. Whilst it may seem onerous, good practice with regard to data privacy is, and will continue to be, crucial for your business from both a regulatory and reputational perspective, and strong compliance can certainly give you a competitive advantage.
With the spread of coronavirus, many businesses have had to implement large scale remote working, adding another layer of complexity when it comes to securing personal data and preventing breaches.
If you are uncertain of the current compliance position of your business or think there may be areas of data security still to be addressed and improved, you need advisers who can devise a practical and effective compliance strategy for your business now and moving forward.
Our Data protection team supports SMEs across a wide range of industries in ensuring compliance with data protection legislation, including the GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018. We offer a range of services, including:
- An assessment of your business to evaluate your current policies and procedures and identify any GDPR compliance requirements;
- Helping you to create and implement a pragmatic compliance programme, tailored specifically to your business and aligned with your commercial objectives;
- If a data breach does occur, or if you receive a data subject access requests, our DSAR and breach response support will assist you in dealing with the incident swiftly and efficiently, ensuring the least possible disruption to your business and your clients; and
- Providing GDPR training to staff and/or management to ensure that data protection issues and potential issues can be recognised and dealt with before they become major challenges to your business.
See below for a wide range of downloadable tools to support your business in becoming GDPR compliant.
Top 10 data protection issues for professional advisers
Despite the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in 2018, data
protection compliance does not seem to have been the highest priority for many professional adviser firms. Professional advisers would do well to undertake regular reviews of their current policies and procedures, in particular, if this has not been done since Brexit.
Personal data transfers across borders
Exporters of personal data from the EEA to third countries will need to consider whether the importing country’s data protection standards are ‘essentially equivalent’ to those in the EU and if not, add further technical or contractual protections. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) restricts transfers of personal data from the EEA to third countries unless…
Tips on maintaining the security of personal data while working from home
With offices mainly moving to remote working, it is important that employees are keeping vigilant to ensure the personal data being dealt with is kept secret and confidential and used for the proper purpose. Read our six tips to help manage the data protection risks whilst working outside the office.