Our information law litigation specialists have been involved in some of the leading civil cases concerning claims for damages arising from data breaches and the misuse of information. Our experts are well placed to advise you as to your potential liability and the most appropriate strategies to adopt were such claims to arise. We can help you at all stages of any claim and also help you avoid such matters in the first place.
Our lawyers are also well versed in assisting organisations in the immediate aftermath of a data incident, including considering reporting obligations, and communications to those affected. We have substantial experience in engaging with the Information Commissioner in relation to such incidents, responding to investigations and advising on enforcement action and monetary fines. Where necessary, we can challenge those decisions, and help you reach and agreed regulatory outcome. In instances where civil claims may well follow those decisions, dealing with them in the most appropriate way is critical.
With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force on 25 May 2018, businesses need to act now to ensure they are prepared for these major data protection reforms.Visit our GDPR hub to find out more.
Commenting on a recent data breach of an online discount website, Stewart Room, head of data protection and cyber security at DWF, highlights what consumers and businesses need to do to protect and overcome a data breach. He said:
DWF, the global legal business, has appointed Stewart Room as partner and global head of data protection and cyber security.
On 25 May 2019 the GDPR celebrated its one year in effect anniversary. In this article we will reflect on what we have learnt over the past year.
The much anticipated liability judgment in the data breach class action case against Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc has been released. DWF are advisors in the case.
On 13 April 2018, judgment was handed down by the High Court in the case of NT1 and NT2 v Google LLC  EWHC 799 (QB), the first and 'right to be forgotten' case to be heard in the English Courts.
There remains no guarantee that, from the intended Brexit day of 30 March 2019, the current tariff-free movement of goods between the two territories will not cease. Various models for future relationships are in debate, but the UK is currently ruling out the simplest (and least change) model of remaining in a customs union with the EU.
On 20 February 2018 new draft Regulations were put before Parliament which require data controllers to pay a fee to the ICO, unless an exemption applies. This article considers the proposed fee structure.
The laws relating to how organisations should deal with an individual's personal data are about to change dramatically. Organisations need to prepare now for these changes. DWF's data protection experts can provide you with strategic advice, practical tools and assistance.
In the immediate aftermath of a data breach various steps need to be taken quickly to ensure that the response is appropriate and harm to your organisation is minimised. If a notification to the ICO is to be made then this should be done quickly as the General Data Protection Regulations imposes tight timescales.