Information Law

Information is no longer ephemeral and transient – it is continuously and minutely recorded: on mobile phones, in e-mails or through cookies on websites.

That information can be very valuable – as a key asset of companies seeking a marketing advantage, to law enforcement, to the media exposing corruption. At the same time though, the public is increasingly learning to be protective of its data: compliance with data protection and data privacy are key issues, and the penalties and damages for getting it wrong are becoming increasingly substantial.

We are at the forefront of advising on this fast moving area of law. Our data privacy team advises on all the major data privacy regulatory frameworks and issues and on maximising revenue from data.  We advise how to maximise the Freedom of Information Act as a resource and on the scope of the journalist exemption when responding to a Subject Access Requests.

  • What does a privacy policy need to include?
  • What information can companies keep on their customers?
  • What liability do companies face if data is lost or hacked?
  • What information can be obtained from a competitor?
  • What do companies need to do to send customers’ data outside of the EU?
  • Are contractual protections necessary?

We have teamed up with a leading IT provider to service Freedom of Information Act or Subject Access Requests quickly and efficiently, reducing the impact on day-to-day operations. Our provider offers clients the technology quickly to extract relevant data from email servers and document management systems, saving costs and allowing us to search and analyse the data within the strict deadlines stipulated by the relevant legislation.