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Preparing for the EU GDPR

  • The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force in the UK on 25 May 2018. A Data Protection Bill that will replace the existing UK Data Protection Act 1998 is currently making its way through parliament.

    It brings the most significant change in data protection regulation in 20 years. The new regulation is designed to align privacy laws across Europe and increase protections and data privacy rights for individual citizens.

    These pages bring together guidance and support from the Law Society and external agencies to help firms prepare for the GDPR.

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    New Home Office figures show thousands at risk of being denied justice

    Law Society president Joe Egan responds to the decision to exempt the Home Office from data access rules, claiming it will inevitably lead to miscarriages of justice.

    10 May 2018
    Press release

    Home Office not to be trusted with data protection exemptions

    Exempting the Home Office from new data protection rules could lead to serious miscarriages of justice, the Law Society of England and Wales and the Bar Council warned today.

    23 April 2018
    Press release

    Are you GDPR ready? Start here

    The General Data Protection Regulation comes into force on 25 May 2018 in the UK, and yet recent research has found that only 25 per cent of law firms believe they are in compliance. If you haven’t started planning for it yet, this is where you should begin.

    20 February 2018

    Article 29 Working Party new GDPR guidance notes

    The Article 29 Working Party have published five new guidelines on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

    18 December 2017

    Started your GDPR compliance project yet? Here are 10 things you must consider

    Neil Ford of IT Governance outlines 10 aspects of the GDPR that your review must cover.

    15 December 2017

    Cybersecurity for law firms: end of year review

    Peter Wright discusses the cybersecurity headlines for law firms as we reach the end of 2017, including ransomware attacks, the dangers of unsecure public wifi, and the countdown to D-day for the General Data Protection Regulation.

    13 December 2017

    Getting to know the GDPR - data breaches

    The GDPR will introduce new reporting requirements and financial penalties with regard to data breaches.

    3 October 2017

    Data protection for the 21st century: Here’s what law firms need to do to comply with GDPR

    The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is a buzzword in the legal sector at the moment, and you may well be sick of hearing about it – but that doesn’t make it less important an issue for firms to address.

    12 September 2017

    Government publishes five Brexit papers including the civil justice co-operation paper

    Last week the UK Government published five papers detailing its position on Brexit. These papers include provisions which may have an impact on the legal profession or the justice system.

    31 August 2017

    Keep your papers under wraps for GDPR compliance

    Under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), aggrieved data subjects can sue firms for failing to secure their personal data properly. New statistics from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) showed that there was a 173% increase in data security incidents in the legal sector in Q4 2017 compared with the previous quarter.

    31 July 2017
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  • General guidance on GDPR

    Authoritative material and guidance on what you should be doing now to prepare for GDPR

    Specialist guidance for law firms

    Information and FAQs about law firm specific guidance on GDPR, and how to let us know what you need

    GDPR resources and support

    Products, services and publications to help you prepare for GDPR

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