Data protection solicitors to keep your business compliant

Accurate and precise advice that will ensure your business knows what it needs to do to meet GDPR and privacy laws.

Following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation in 2018, there has been a greater emphasis on the way businesses handle the personal data of their customers and other contacts.

BHW’s commercial solicitors will cut-through the plethora of misinformation surrounding GDPR and other privacy, data and electronic media laws to ensure you take the steps to protect your business and implement manageable policies and procedures.

BHW’s knowledgeable data protection solicitors work with business of all shapes and size covering:

  • Data mapping;
  • Privacy notices;
  • Policies and procedures;
  • Contracts with third-party data processors;
  • Data Protection Officer requirements;
  • Staff training;
  • and other obligations under the GDPR.

What is GDPR?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect on 25th May 2018.

The GDPR updates data protection laws for the 21st century and provides an EU-wide consistent approach to protecting an individual’s data rights. However, when the GDPR first came into force, it was labelled as confusing and unclear, that coupled with a barrage of inaccurate advice for businesses from so-called experts, resulted in widespread uncertainty within businesses as to whether they were going to be compliant when the GDPR took effect.

The GDPR has increased the burden of responsibility on businesses when they seek to collect, process or store data.

These burdens include increased:

  • Rights for individuals to access, amend or delete data;
  • Data notice requirements;
  • Due Diligence for using third-party data processors; and
  • Lawful processing guidelines.

To support the enforcement of these responsibilities, the GDPR extended the previous maximum Data Protection Act fine from £500,000 to €20,000,000 or 4% of global turnover, whichever is greater.

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