GDPR CAPABILITY STATEMENT
The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will apply from 25 May 2018 to all EEA countries, and aims to harmonise data protection procedures and enforcement across the EU. The run up is set to be a busy period for many organisations preparing for compliance. This is where our European cross-practice Data Protection and Privacy Team can help you to navigate through this major change in the way you operate within your business environment (see key contacts below). Our team brings together a unique mix of specialists with expertise across all areas of data protection and privacy as well as members of our Global Cyber Security Practice
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Our team of experts encompasses subject matter and sector specialists from areas covering the full range of data protection, privacy and associated matters. Our cross-practice team, coupled with the variety of our mandates, ensures both depth and breadth of knowledge that enable us to provide targeted, knowledgeable and pragmatic advice. We benefit from a range of mandates (contentious and non-contentious) from clients across public and private sectors and advise on large global and smaller-scale data protection compliance projects, new data product launches, negotiating contractual provisions addressing data protection and privacy, incident response and crisis management (associated with data breaches), cyber security, employment-related data matters (including subject access requests, "BYOD" policies, and employee monitoring and surveillance issues), data retention issues and policies, international data transfer strategies (including binding corporate rules), regulatory enquiries, advising on the data privacy issues arising out of acquisitions and divestments, and data disputes.
Reputation damaging high profile data breaches, together with the tougher sanctions about to be imposed by the GDPR, mean that data protection and privacy is now a board-level agenda item for many of our clients who are concerned about their risk exposure in this context. By being at the cutting edge of developments from both a technological and a regulatory perspective, we can support our clients to optimise their approach in respect of their compliance position and to avoid privacy "roadblocks" and data security issues.
Our lawyers are thought leaders, having been involved in the drafting of applicable legislation, formulating regulation and advising in the area since its inception, as well as advising clients on contentious and non-contentious matters. We are heavily involved in analysis of legal and industry developments in the data protection and privacy sectors and their impact on our clients and our practice.