Data protection and privacy
European and UK data protection legislation and increasing consumer demands for privacy mean that it is essential that personal information is gathered, processed and stored in accordance with applicable data protection laws. Although the courts have continued to refuse to recognise a separate tort of invasion of privacy, the law of confidential information has continued to expand and develop. Consequently, data protection legislation is often used in conjunction with the law of confidential information by litigants intent on avenging perceived wrongful use of personal information.
Our IP and IT specialists have considerable experience in advising on all aspects of the exploitation, protection and use of confidential information, business and personal data, including the legal impact of the data protection legislation, not only on the day-to-day global operations of businesses but in the context of new business opportunities and projects. In addition, much of our work has an international element and we are often involved in work that has a high public or political profile. Our client base includes government organisations and many household names in the corporate sector and covers a wide range of activities both in the B2B and B2C market sectors.