Cyber security & data protection law

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We are now living in a new world of technology and data. They are essential to both a business' operations and its success. However, as innovations move forward the challenges that these assets present will only increase. Cyber attacks, special/sensitive data and data privacy regulations like GDPR are a worry for all businesses. The risk of financial loss and reputational damage is extremely real. Our team of cyber security and data protection lawyers takes a pro-active approach to safeguarding your world. We will work with you to both reduce any potential risks and manage them when they arise.

We have extensive experience advising national and international clients on their data protection, privacy and cyber security needs. Our team of legal professionals can help you strengthen your cyber security defences, protect your data and manage cyber breaches.

If you are in need of help or advice in this area, contact us today.

Expertise in Cyber Security and Data Protection Law

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The introduction of the GDPR has seen a surge in breaches being notified to regulators and many further breaches being reported in the media.

Cyber security and data protection services

An experienced data protection and cyber security law firm

  • Online ticket company

    Advised on a security incident involving customer data. Provided counsel on the data breach and PCI compliance, as well as implementing a breach response plan. Notified and liaised with data protection authorities and customers on behalf of the client.

  • Financial institutions

    Advising international financial institutions in data breach crisis management and using new technologies. Advising on credit card operations, including cross-country reviews of consumer protection.

  • Housing associations

    Assisting with advice around data protection, the Freedom of Information Act and the Environmental Information Regulations. Rolling out data protection compliance programs and training internal data protection advisors.

  • Loss of data

    Advising many companies on data breaches caused by loss or theft of physical records, incorrect security settings or admin errors.

  • Tech companies

    Acting for some of the largest global technology companies on specific privacy issues relating to their latest innovations and other aspects of data protection compliance, such as the international transfer of data.

  • Airlines and airports

    Advising a major airport on drafting agreements for IT procurement projects that were essential to the digital transformation of the business.

  • The international council of shopping centers

    Carrying out a data protection audit, as well as creating and updating data maps, privacy notices, policies and terms and conditions.

  • Retail and web-based companies

    Advising on remote data storage, privacy policies, information collection, employee data and anti-spam laws.

  • Health services provider

    Provided cyber breach coaching services and coordinated notifications after the client had experienced unauthorised access to their cloud storage system.

Expertise in the field

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In the UK, Gowling WLG was recognised as 'Firm of the Year (Outside London)' by the Legal 500 Awards in 2019 for Technology, Media and Telecoms. Our Canadian team were also recognised in 2019 by Chambers Canada and the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory for their work in technology. The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019 recognised the team for its work in technology law and privacy and data security law.

We have been advising on data protection legislation since such laws have existed. Our international team brings together specialists from a range of areas to provide an all-encompassing cyber security and data protection practice.

Our level of experience allows us to give advice that understands how data protection standards should differ across industries. Our cross-sector and cross-border work gives us knowledge with a high level of detail but a broad perspective.

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Our team of data protection lawyers spans across multiple jurisdictions. As information security and data privacy become more prevalent, your reputation and finances hang in the balance. Ensure you have practical and experienced counsel on hand to support you with your compliance and to guide you if the worst happens.

If you are seeking advice regarding data protection and cyber security, please do contact our team today.

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Helen Davenport
Partner (UK)

Helen leads the firm's UK Data Privacy and Cyber Security team. Her particular areas of expertise are handling data loss and other cyber security incidents. She advises clients on data subject rights, including handling DSARs and data privacy litigation. Helen is also a highly experienced technology litigator and her practice also includes advising on disputes arising from contracts for IT systems and services and software licensing matters.

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Wendy Wagner
Partner (Canada)

Wendy leads the firm's Canadian Privacy & Data Protection Group. Her practice focuses on international trade law, as well as privacy, access to information and defamation law. In her privacy practice, Wendy advises companies on privacy compliance and data protection issues.

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Sheena Jacob
Partner (Singapore*)

Sheena has extensive experience in the privacy field. She advises on privacy and data protection issues in Singapore and the Asia Pacific region. She has experience in managing multiple data breach incidents for clients.This involves working with computer forensics teams, participating in crisis management, reviewing the customer communications and engaging with the regulator. Her experience in data breach advice and management spans the technology, healthcare and retail sectors.

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Manuela Finger
Partner (Germany)

Manuela is an Intellectual Property (IP) partner specialising in soft IP, information technology and commercial matters. She advises clients on compliance and protection of personal data and data security. Manuela's work includes data protection audits, advising on security incidents and structuring of processing of data in multinational groups of companies.

Danhoé Reddy-Girard
Partner (France)

Danhoé's work focuses on banking & finance, real estate and compliance. In his compliance practice, he advises organisations on complying with the GDPR. He drafts contracts, policies, privacy notices, records of processing activities and audit reports.

Tony Fielding
Partner (UAE)

Tony is Head of Technology in our Dubai office. He is responsible for advising local and multinational clients on a range of technology, media and communications projects.

Le Rong
Director (China)

Rong heads the non-contentious team in China. Her work includes advising European clients on acquiring Chinese companies, e-commerce and negotiating a broad range of commercial contracts.

Meldir Erbulekova
Associate (Russia)

Meldir provides specialised legal support for cross-border e-commerce and international e-business. She advises clients in a variety of technology and data privacy matters which arise in cross-border e-commerce. Her focuses include e-commerce and internet regulation, data protection and cyber security.

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Canada

Excellence, innovative solutions and practical advice are the hallmarks of Gowling WLG's Privacy & Data Protection Group.

Gowling WLG provides global leadership and advice on privacy issues, and develops functional compliance programs for national and international clients. Timely regulatory compliance counsel, combined with sophisticated commercial skills, allow our professionals to provide proactive security strategies and legal support on all data-related issues.

We provide leading-edge service, including the development of transaction data rooms and document retention programs, threat risk assessments and e-discovery services. In addition, using our collective expertise in technology and telecommunications, we're well-positioned to advise on privacy issues arising out of new technologies and business models.

Our team has developed an international perspective from working with technical experts in threat risk assessment, and produces reports on the latest developments in privacy and information management. We can keep you at the forefront of privacy compliance, advocacy and data management, through services such as the following.

Privacy compliance and advocacy

  • Privacy impact assessments
  • Global privacy compliance programs
  • Privacy advocacy governance
  • Data breach management
  • Privacy training and awareness
  • Privacy compliance in corporate transactions and negotiations
  • Transborder data transfers

Data management

  • Threat risk assessments
  • Development of electronic document management programs
  • Compliance with PCI DSS and security requirements
  • Due diligence in information technology transactions
  • Creation of data rooms
  • Development of data retention policies and schedules

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To learn more about how we can support your privacy and data protection needs, please reach out to any member of our team.

Germany

It's difficult to stay up to date and compliant with the complex, fast-changing world of data protection law. In this shifting landscape, you need to think about how to prevent cybercrime, security breaches and data loss from malicious server attacks. Another requirement is secure mapping and processing of various kinds of data.

Gowling WLG is here to deal with these issues. Our Munich data protection team understands data protection laws to the core: we know that data is your business asset - and we'll help you protect it in every possible way. Together, we'll ensure all of your data processing is compliant with the most recent legislative requirements, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Home to a dedicated international group of data protection experts who can draw upon experience around the world, our team is at the forefront of fast-evolving technological developments and their legal implications - from cybercrime and blockchain to industry 4.0 and autonomous driving.

We offer premium services through a fee structure that's both transparent and reasonable. Our legal advice covers:

  • Compliance
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data protection audits
  • Protection of personal data
  • Structuring of data processing in multinationals

In addition, we have a special focus on the area of online and digital media, having advised numerous clients on the multi-jurisdictional rollout of new products in the entertainment sector.

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Responsive, approachable and commercially sound: get in touch with Gowling WLG for legal solutions that meet your unique needs.