Data protection and privacy

Data protection compliance is a day-to-day requirement for all businesses, regardless of size or sector. And although freedom of information is usually thought of as a public sector issue, in practice it regularly affects individuals and private sector businesses as well.

At Thrings, we will make things clearer for you. That means cutting through often bewildering legislation and common misconceptions concerning what can and can’t be done with personal data. We’re talking about website cookies, marketing databases, HR files, paper records, CCTV feeds, microfiche archives and the rest of it.

Whatever you’re doing, we’ll work with you to make sure your data is properly identified, processed and protected to ensure your business continues to benefit while staying within the scope of the regulations.

Our data protection and privacy specialists are part of our wider commercial team and can therefore give advice in the context of the bigger commercial picture. We provide a fully integrated service that can include data protection audits and in-house training - for us, prevention (and education!) is better than cure.

We can advise on:

  • Compliance with European and UK data protection legislation
  • Transfer of data outside the European Economic Area (EEA)
  • Data protection audits e.g. of marketing and HR databases, as well as storage, compliance within project plans and ongoing compliance reviews
  • Development of data protection questionnaires
  • Rights and obligations under freedom of information legislation

Some examples of our work:

Advising the European subsidiary of a Japanese multinational on the repatriation of customer data to Japan for the purposes of electronic invoicing

Advising a UK courier business on the proper processing of residential delivery addresses in the Channel Islands (outside the EEA)

Providing training to a government executive agency on its responsibilities under the Freedom of Information Act

Advising a financial institution on the data protection consequences of engaging an outsourced service provider to digitally scan paper files

Advising a fuel oil wholesaler on whether and how it can reveal customer personal data to residential landlords

Graeme Fearon
Partner
Bristol
0117 930 9557
07717 573479

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