GDPR

  • The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 came into force in the UK on 25 May 2018.

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

    This page brings together guidance and support with education and learning resources from the Law Society and external agencies to help you and your firm understand the regulation.

    Law firms generally face the same issues as other organisations in seeking to comply with the GDPR and, through our ongoing discussions with firms, we are identifying and exploring specific issues of concern around compliance.

    This page will be regularly updated as we continue to consider what guidance we can provide in light of the evidence from GDPR compliance.

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    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
    Advice

    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
    Blog

    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
    Blog

    Cybercrime trends - Is your firm prepared?

    What law firms can do to protect themselves.

    28 June 2017
    Feature

    Your money or your data: 4 reasons to comply with GDPR

    In a recent survey of IT decision makers 25 per cent of respondents had cancelled preparations for the GDPR and 44 per cent thought GDPR won't apply to UK businesses after the UK has left the EU. Anna Drozd explains why law firms need to comply. 

    24 May 2017
    Blog

    Beware of the phish - how to stay ahead of the scammers

    UPDATED 10 May 2017 Following great discussion on social media, it is probably helpful to highlight that the risk from using cloud storage systems is in particular from using the free online versions which the original post refers to. Read Peter's update about Dropbox, regulatory compliance and how a law firm was penalised by the ICO for having used a cloud storage system designed for private users for business purposes

    3 May 2017
    Blog
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  • Podcasts

    The GDPR and employment lawyers

    Nick Denys, policy advisor at the Law Society, explores some of the challenges organisations face to remain GDPR compliant.

    The GDPR and children’s rights

    Sarah Richardson, who supports the Law Society’s children law sub-committee, discusses how the EU GDPR affects the data protection rights of children.

    The GDPR guide for law firms

    Andrew McWhir, policy advisor at the Law Society, discusses the Law Society’s GDPR guide for law firms.

  • Publications

    New frontiers in DP
    New frontiers in data protection conference

    Half-day conference on 26 September, where expert speakers will explore major DP challenges for solicitors, identify new technology danger spots, practical advice on mitigating risk and more topics of interest.

    New frontiers in data protection conference > More
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    International data transfer

    Learn in this one hour webinar more about data transfer, adequacy decisions, EU/US Privacy Shield

    International data transfer > More
  • Webinars

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    International data transfer

    Learn in this one hour webinar more about data transfer, adequacy decisions, EU/US Privacy Shield

    International data transfer > More
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    GDPR for managers: an introduction

    New online course, GDPR for managers featuring downloadable checklists and valuable resources from the Law Society and ICO.

    GDPR for managers: an introduction > More
    New frontiers in DP
    New frontiers in data protection conference

    Half-day conference on 26 September, where expert speakers will explore major DP challenges for solicitors, identify new technology danger spots, practical advice on mitigating risk and more topics of interest.

    New frontiers in data protection conference > More
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