Law firms encouraged to consider GDPR obligations as final countdown begins

With less than 30 days until the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect, many businesses are finally waking up to the fact that they need to take urgent action.

GDPR – the General Data Protection Regulation – replaces the existing Data Protection Act on 25 May 2018.

A flurry of direct marketing emails this month has seen companies seeking ‘opt in’ permission from clients and prospects – in effect, allowing them to remain on their marketing databases – which is a key aspect of the new rules.

In a bid to help law firms navigate the finer details of the new rules, The Law Society has also issued its own guidance.

In line with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) 12 step plan for becoming GDPR compliant, The Law Society recommends that although most law firms will not be required by law to appoint a Data Protection Officer, practices would be wise to consider the voluntary designation of someone with appropriate expertise and resources to lead on GDPR compliance.

To help both law firms and their clients prepare for GDPR, we have produced a free guide which is available to download.

To help affected businesses, we are also hosting a seminar on Wednesday 16 May, entitled ‘Is Your Business Ready for the General Data Protection Regulation?’

Our seminar will be presented by Alan Owen, Managing Director with data security specialists, ICARIS Sentinel, who will provide plenty of helpful advice including:

  • How to ensure your company is compliant
  • The rights of data subjects – including the ‘right to be forgotten’
  • New guidance on privacy notices
  • Monitoring and auditing requirements
  • The role of a Data Protection Officer within your company
  • What you must do if you suffer a data security breach
  • Sanctions for non-compliance

The seminar will take place at The Boathouse Business Centre, 1 Harbour Square, Wisbech, starting at 4.30pm. Places are limited so to secure a place for either individuals within your firm or on behalf of your clients, please contact Louise Bacon, no later than Wednesday 2nd May 2018, at or 01775 711 333.

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