Data Protection & GDPR
Due to the nature of how law firms operate, the management, control and protection of data is an essential element of a firm compliance and regulation strategy.
Law Firms manage and control a significant amount of personal data and must have appropriate data protection policies in place to adhere to the requirements of The Data Protection Act 1988 and The General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (GDPR).
A firm that fails to have the appropriate policies and procedures in place to manage, control and protect the data of their clients and staff will not only breach the legislative requirements but also the code of conduct rendering them exposed to breaches of legislation and regulation.
The decision on whether to appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO) is one which a firm should consider seriously, and the Law Society have issued a useful guidance note on this.
However, it remains best practice to appoint a DPO or at least a senior person in the business to manage and control data protection issues.
For more information about how our Regulation and Compliance service can assist you with your GDPR obligations you can call us on 0203 911 9710 or you can email us at email@example.com.
For a Law Firm to ensure they fully comply with the requirement of GDPR and The Data Protection Act they should implement and approach and policies that includes:
1. A data protection policy that details how the firm protects, uses and manages data
2. A data protection notice that is issued to clients confirming how the data is used, protected and processed.
3. Training for staff on the firm’s policies and procedures
4. Consent (Positive opt in) for the use of data
5. A Data (GDPR) annual audit to establish the effectiveness of the firm’s data protection approach.
The Strategic Partner work with firms to implement effective data protection processes as part of an overall compliance structure.
For more information about our Regulation and Compliance service you can call us on 0203 911
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