Privacy and Data Protection
The frictionless flow of information is a defining feature of today’s information economy. The ability to transfer customer data, employee files, financial records, and other information around the globe quickly and cheaply has opened up a world of opportunity for many businesses introducing to a new world of risks.
Managing risk and adopting sound privacy and security standards
The potential for misuse of sensitive personal information has triggered legislative and regulatory action worldwide – the risks are high. Privacy laws are continually evolving, vary by jurisdiction, are interpreted unpredictably, and are in a constant state of flux. Even the most well-meaning, conscientious company can make a false step as it captures, uses, transfers and discloses personal information. The same applies to cyber security, which is becoming increasingly complex. The consequences can be serious: heavy fines, injunctions, government audits, even criminal liability. Perhaps more importantly, companies that run counter to privacy and cyber security standards find themselves open to negative media attention and the immeasurable damage of lost consumer trust and confidence.
These risks have led a growing number of multinational companies to turn to our global data privacy and cyber security group for help in adopting sound privacy and security practices, ensuring regulatory and legal compliance, and protecting their competitive advantage.
Advising clients around the world in their compliance efforts
with one of the largest and most experienced data privacy and cyber security groups in the world, our global team is on hand to guide clients through the relevant data protection legislation in the jurisdictions in which they are active. Seamlessly working with their counterparts in other practice areas, our global team has the depth of resources to provide integrated, creative and practical advice on the privacy-related concerns faced by our clients, wherever they are located.
Our experience spans the full range of industry sectors including financial institutions and banking, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and chemicals, construction and engineering, consumer goods and retail, automotive, hotels and leisure, IT, telecommunications, manufacturing and electronics, publishing and media.
Specific data privacy and cyber security services we provide for our clients include:
Cross-border data transfer (both intra-group and with third parties)
- Binding Corporate Rules (BCR) and APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules System
- Privacy and cyber security policies
- Privacy and cyber security audits
- Data security breach preparedness and response
- Privacy-related claims and disputes
- Privacy statements for online activities
- Employee privacy
- Financial privacy
- Healthcare privacy
- Marketing policies
- Privacy and cyber security aspects of cloud computing and other sourcing arrangements
- Data processing and data transfer agreements
- Privacy aspects of investigations and e-discovery
- Due diligence and warranty negotiation for M&A