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Data protection and privacy

Data protection/privacy is currently a “hot topic” for all organisations of every size. It raises complex and sensitive issues for all companies and the education and charity sectors in particular.

The existing legal regime establishes a framework of rights and duties that are designed to safeguard personal data held by another person. It aims to balance the legitimate needs of organisations to collect and use personal data for business and other purposes against the right of individuals to respect for the privacy of their personal details. The legislation itself is complex and, in places, opaque. However, it is underpinned by a set of common-sense principles.

There are many potential ramifications of a breach of data protection laws, including:

  • Adverse publicity, potentially leading to reputational damage and lost customer trust;
  • Missed opportunities and wasted resources;
  • Prosecution of or regulatory enforcement action against the organisation;
  • Sanctions, including criminal liability for directors and senior managers resulting in imprisonment and substantial penalties;
  • Increased scrutiny from regulators;
  • Critical system delays and failures;
  • Business-continuity issues; and
  • Becoming embroiled in litigation and its attendant time, effort and expense.

Taylor Vinters is widely experienced in assisting clients in all aspects of data protection, including drafting and updating internal and external privacy policies; responding to subject access requests; preparing and leading training courses for employees and suppliers; drafting and implementing action plans for security breaches and regulatory investigations; and developing and implementing privacy and data protection compliance programmes, both on a national and international level.

For more information please call Patrick Farrant on +44 (0)1223 225181 or email patrick.farrant@taylorvinters.com

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