Data Protection Support
for your Business

Reach UK GDPR compliance with our experienced data protection legal experts. Receive flexible support for your data protection teams and officers in companies and corporations.

Data Protection Support
for your Business

Reach UK GDPR compliance with our experienced data protection legal experts. Receive flexible support for your data protection teams and officers in companies and corporations.

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What are your most difficult challenges in data protection in your company?

Corporations are seeing themselves confronted by more and more complex data protection requirements and responsibilities.

The organisational and legal interlinking of businesses, which belong to a corporation, leads to data protectional challenges especially concerning the communication inside companies respectively the processing of personal data of employees, customers, and partners.

The legal situation gets even more difficult when the companies are outside the UK. It is necessary, that in all company units adequate technical and organisational measures are taken to ensure the protection of personal data.

In addition, Human Resources and IT departments are not allowed without further ado to process personal data for the parent company and the subsidiaries.

How can our legal experts support you in data protection matters in your company?

You profit from punctual and flexible support in all data protection related questions, where you need advice from experts.

In most companies there is at least one internal, respectively one corporate data protection officer. The topic of data protection will often be organised by the compliance department. However, there are many specific questions that can only be answered by specialised legal experts, which come to terms with the United Kingdom General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) and the Data Protection Act (DPA) 2018 on a daily basis.

Our experts will support you in every field, where you require further expertise – may it be on only projects or on a long-term basis. This way we can find UK GDPR compliant solutions for all data protection matters in your company.

Our experts can especially provide advice for the following matters

As per Art. 30 of the UK GDPR every company must create a register of processing activities (ROPA) to the particular data processes. Company structures should also be noted during the creation and management of the registers, like the catalogues from the perspective of the contracting service company.

Companies are required per Art. 25 and 32 of the UK GDPR to decide technical and organisational measures in order to protect personal data, namely, to reflect data protection pre-sets (Privacy by Design, Privacy by Default). Inside the company there should not be any vulnerabilities in order to not endanger the UK GDPR-compliance. Also, company-wide protection concepts should be prioritised.

According to Art. 35 of the UK GDPR there should always be a Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA), if there is a potential high risk during data processing activities due to the kind, the scope, the circumstances, and the purpose of the data processing. A DPIA expertly analyses the risks to the rights and freedoms of data subjects before their data is processed, which has very extensive requirements for complex processes.

Expanded data subject rights are included in Art.12 to Art. 22 of the UK GDPR, like the right to information and the right to objection. As in corporations data is transferred, processed together, or ordered to be processed by partnered companies it is in one’s favour to create uniformed processes and regulations in the handling of data subject rights in the company.

If a data breach occurs, then the responsible parties and, in some circumstances, the data subject must be informed per Art. 33 and 34 UK GDPR. Companies often process data on behalf of other companies within the group as a shared service. Therefore, the establishment of a uniform system within the group where a quick information exchange can be held in the case of a data breach or similar cases is advisable.

Some compliance requirements need an as-extensive-as-possible processing of personal data. However, a principle of the UK GDPR is data minimization and only allows to process data when absolutely needed. to accomplish a specific purpose. Some compliance issues require a specific management system which should also emphasise data protection to eliminate contradictions and to create synergy between compliance and data protection requirements.

For companies there is the opportunity to create Binding Corporate Rules (BCRs) for the purpose of data transfers outside the UK. These apply group-wide but must still be approved by the ICO. BCRs as a transfer mechanism can also serve as a guarantee for data transfers to countries outside the UK in accordance with the GDPR.

Groups of companies do not enjoy any corporate privileges and therefore every data transfer must be justifiable. According to the type of the cooperation between companies of a group this can either be in the form of Joint Controller Agreements (JCA) or Data Processing Agreements (DPA). However, if the data transfer is outside the UK then one will need either the International Data Transfer Agreement (IDTA) or the International Data Transfer Addendum to the European Commission’s Standard Contractual Clauses (Addendum) or other guarantees. Instead of establishing BCRs one would mostly suggest framework agreements for group-wide data transfers, including Joint Controller Agreements, Data Processing Agreements and if necessary the Addendum with the Standard Contractual Clauses. Other companies of the group may join such framework agreements, so that the greatest possible flexibility is maintained.

Group of companies are due to their great responsibility in data protection often in the focus of authorities and lawyers. The rule of thumb says that a vast number of processed personal data as well as affected data subjects mean an elevated risk to become a target of authorities and courts. Therefore, legal expertise is crucial in order to avoid this ire.

The compliance of regulatory requirements is tied to the continuing training of the involved persons in data processing. For companies it is indispensable to have a successful data protection structure which helps to create a uniform data protection standard in all companies of the group. Therefore, regular education courses of employees as well as a culture of open discussion are essential.

4 good reasons, why UK Ltd. is the best choice for data protection in your group

Specialised UK and EU legal experts

Our UK law firm based in London partners with a German law firm. Jointly our lawyers are specialised in UK and EU data protection laws and have extensive experience in dealing with UK and EU data protection authorities. We know how to create synergies between your UK GDPR compliance program and compliance with the EU GDPR and EU Member States data protection laws.

Lived transfer of knowledge

Through internally and externally provided further education courses, we stay up to date in order to keep on top of the dynamic field of data protection law. Technological developments and regulatory projects which have may have an impact on our clients are regulatory monitored by us.

International orientation

In our team we attend clients around the world. With partnerships in the EU and in Switzerland we can advise on data protection laws and cross-border matters from the United Kingdom, Germany, and Switzerland.

Compliance enabler

Practical data protection compliance, appropriate information security standards and quality management are the core goals of our firm. Compliance is part of our DNA. That is why we are uniquely suited to help you in creating regulatory compliant business models.

Free initial consultation

Data protection regulations are complex and the obligations they impose differ wildly. Therefore, we wish to get to know you and your business before we recommend which support you may need.

In order to do that we offer a free initial consultation between you and one of our legal experts.

Simply contact us and we will get back to you within 2 business days.