Data Protection and GDPR – The Detail
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.
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The decision on whether to appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO) is one which a firm should consider seriously, and the Law Society has 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 a Law Firm to ensure they fully comply with the requirements of GDPR and The Data Protection Act, they should implement and approach policies that include:
- A data protection policy that details how the firm protects, uses and manages data
- A data protection notice that is issued to clients confirming how the data is used, protected and processed
- Training for staff on the firm’s policies and procedures
- Consent (Positive opt-in) for the use of data
- A Data (GDPR) annual audit to establish the effectiveness of the firm’s data protection approach
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Our GDPR audit service adopts the following approach:
- We will work to a questionnaire (attached) which will drive the information and data we need ad at as a record of the review and actions taken.
- All documentation that you have that relate to GDPR and Data protection will be reviewed to ensure it is up to date and current.
- We will interview:
a. the data compliance manager and/or any Partner/Director who has data management as a responsibility to obtain necessary information
b. A representative from the IT Department to answer any technical questions.
c. A selection of staff about the approach to and understanding of GDPR and data protection and its application.
- We will then provide you with the completed audit sheet with any recommendations clearly set out and an overview report.
- A feedback session will be arranged for you to ask questions and seek clarification.
We provide both packaged and individual solutions that directly add value into the firms we work with. You can download brochures on these services below:
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For more information about our Data Protection and GDPR service, you can call us on 0203 911 9710 or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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