DPP GDPR’s solicitors are experienced in assisting technology companies with matters involving GDPR. For legal advice and help, get in touch today on 0333 200 5859.
The impact of GDPR on technology law
A great many companies have had to make changes since the implementation of GDPR in May 2018. If your business works extensively with technology, these new data laws may affect your practices more than most.
GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) governs the way in which companies use data. It works to ensure that:
- Only necessary data is processed
- The data subjects must consent before their data may be retained
- All data subjects are informed of the reasons for their data being retained
- The data is only kept for as long as required
- Companies controlling or processing data uphold the rights of data subjects – including the right to request details of that data
- Companies store, process and share data in a secure and legal manner
Technology companies often manage a huge amount of data. The information they handle may include matters of intellectual property, tendering and finance to name a few.
Because of this, it is vital that your company takes care to ensure total compliance to GDPR. Otherwise, the security of both confidential corporate details and private personal data may be at risk.
To find out how you could better protect the data of your employees and clients, contact our technology law solicitors on 0333 200 5859.
How our GDPR solicitors can help
Our technology lawyers understand the complexities of project-based work that focuses on technology.
We can help you draw up contracts and approach tasks in a way that never compromises the security of the data you handle.
Our specialists can talk you through your options and help you build a strong case should the issue be taken to court. We’ll help you with matters involving:
- Data breaches
- Commercial or corporate disputes
- Security for “software as a service” cloud-based projects
- Technology litigation
- Any form of tech-related fraud, from “dial-through” scams to cases of fraudulent traffic
- Disputes around product licensing, contracts or tariff charges
- Competition law
Infringement of intellectual property including original innovations and artificial intelligence
As well as these services, our technology law solicitors can advise you on:
- General contract law
- GDPR compliance
- Dealing with Data Breaches
- GDPR Audits
- Data Protection Law
Acts of UK Parliament that may affect your company
Data Protection Act 1998:
This act of Parliament was something of a precursor to GDPR. It was updated to tie in with the new legislation (becoming the Data Protection Act 2018).
This act provided determined principles to be followed by both “data controllers” and “data processors”. (Data controllers are those who order the collection of data and determine its purpose. Data processors are those who collect and manage the data).
Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000:
This act was put in place as a way of regulating surveillance and intercept communications. It focuses specifically on the authorities and public organisations.
Computer Misuse Act 1990:
The Computer Misuse Act is another piece of legislation that focuses on data and information technology. It governs the legality of accessing data and information stored on a computer.
How to make sure your business is secure
There are several ways in which your business may adhere to GDPR and ensure that it stores and shares information securely.
The main means are as follows:
- Creating a detailed data protection policy and privacy statement that complies with GDPR
- Setting firm company-wide processes regarding the sharing of information
- Ensuring you have a clear procedure in place in case of a data breach
- Responding in a timely manner to Data Subject Access Requests
- Updating the security of all manual and electronic locations containing data
- Creating a means to ask for data usage consent that is freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous
- Informing all data subjects of exactly how their information will be used
- Only retaining data for as long as it is required for this use
You can check your practices meet the requirements of GDPR by going through them with experienced technology lawyers.
Once you’ve done this, you may wish to arrange an audit with the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office). They will check that all your activities comply with official legislation. If there are improvements to be made, they will provide you with advice.
Whether your company focuses solely on technology or uses it heavily, our solicitors can assist you in matters of data protection. Contact us today on 0333 200 5859 for specialist legal advice and support.