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Data Protection and Privacy

Practical and commercial advice to cut through the web of data regulation

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Data has evolved to become the lifeblood of global trade. In particular, in the digital economy, the commercial value attached to data has increased dramatically as businesses try to use data to predict and respond to their customers in ways that were not previously possible. 

Herbert Smith Freehills’ data protection and privacy practice is comprised of a global team of leading experts in the field of data protection and privacy. Our practice covers the full range of data protection, privacy and associated matters, including advising on general regulatory compliance, data transfers, subject access requests, employee monitoring and surveillance, cyber security, data breaches, data retention and global data compliance.

Our lawyers have been involved in drafting legislation, formulating regulation and advising in the area since its inception, and advise clients on contentious and non-contentious matters. Together with our professional support lawyers, we are also involved in the thought leadership aspects of data protection and privacy, including analysis of legal and industry developments in the data protection and privacy sectors and their impact on our clients and our practice. This has resulted in published articles, webinars and strategic advice to clients.

Our approach is to find practical and commercially realistic solutions to our clients’ data protection and privacy issues, with a focus on strategically maximising data value while minimising legal and reputational risks. This enables our team to be in the best position to provide comprehensive and strategically important data protection advice to our clients.

We benefit from a range of mandates (contentious and non-contentious) from clients across various sectors including public and private. This ensures we have a breadth and depth of knowledge that forms a strong basis to ensure we provide knowledgeable and pragmatic advice.

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Recent Experience

Atmel

Advising on the design, implementation and authorisation of Atmels global binding corporate rules

A global IT consulting and outsourcing service company

Advising in relation to the international transfer of the personal data (including healthcare related-data) of the employees of its 14 European subsidiaries and branches outside of the EEA

Klarna AB

Advising on the 2014 UK launch of its online payment tool, including strategic data protection advice, with a particular focus on ePrivacy and risk management

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Advising as part of a global exercise reviewing and advising on employee and customer data protection issues

Softbank Europe

Advising on data privacy issues, including providing a detailed overview of the legal framework in the EU and the UK, together with a summary of the proposed changes to the EU data protection regime

Tata Communications

Advising on the compilation of its corporate compliance handbook across 21 jurisdictions. The work involved advising Tata on compliance issues in jurisdictions where Tata has a presence including document retention, data protection and privacy, competition, anti-discrimination, occupational health and safety and employee benefits

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