Data Protection and Confidentiality
Virtually every business needs to register with the Information Commissioner. Handling personal information, such as names and addresses, about individuals triggers the need to register.
Automatic collection of personal data on the internet or performed by software may be unfair processing of personal data.
The Data Protection legislation places an obligation on organisations to notify the purposes for which personal information is being processed, and to provide individuals with certain rights in respect of the processing of the information about them. Failure to register could have serious repercussions.
Data protection and privacy laws are an important regulatory issue for companies to address in the digital age.
The Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations have extended controls on unsolicited direct marketing to all forms of electronic marketing.
Information held by public bodies
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 came into force in 2005, and gives you the right to access information held by or on behalf of public authorities. Its use should be considered by companies who do business with the public sector, particularly those involved in tendering for work.
Key areas of assistance we offer include:
- UK/EU notification and registration
- Data Protection audits
- Reviewing and assessing use of personal data in marketing
- Advice on sales and direct marketing and managing customer databases compliance and providing ‘best practice" advice including data retention.
- Ensuring your systems and processes meet relevant standards for sensitive personal data
- Opt-in/opt-out issues between the EU and USA
If you need legal work please call us on +44 (0)20 7700 1414 or if you prefer send us an enquiry using the form below. Depending on your requirements we may suggest a free meeting. This is often the best way to assess whether we would be the right firm for you, and to understand the work involved, your priorities, attitude to risk, and desired timescales.