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Privacy, data protection & 'big data'


With one of the largest teams of data protection lawyers in Europe, we have acted on many of the highest profile and most complex projects of recent years, several of which have made the headlines in the national and international press.

This has enabled us to build close working relationships with EU data protection authorities as we deal with them regularly in relation to both advisory and litigious matters.

We have a particular focus on international data privacy compliance and have helped numerous multinationals ensure the compliance of their international data transfers. These projects have included the development and filing of numerous sets of Binding Corporate Rules, entry into the EU-US Safe Harbor and incorporating EU Model Clauses into clients' operations all around the world. Our expertise in this area is increasingly called upon by leading global players in the cloud computing market and by organisations looking to exploit the opportunities awarded by emerging "big data" technologies.

Recently we have advised:

  • A well-known search engine in connection with various EU-wide compliance projects including the collection of WiFi “hotspot” information, children’s privacy issues and international data transfers
  • A household name mobile phone manufacturer regarding its data protection strategy for the US and Europe, including updating its "data transfers" solution in respect of all countries around the world where it has operations, together with several mobile carrier specific issues
  • A Fortune 20 healthcare company in connection with its development and submission of Binding Corporate Rules, negotiating the contents of its BCRs with various EU data protection authorities and obtaining various authorisations
  • One of the world’s largest food conglomerates in connection with its development of a global data privacy programme, including developing all of the constituent policies, operating procedures, compliance guidelines, training and audit materials
  • One of the world’s largest airlines in connection with various data protection issues relating to data sharing, international compliance, trade union activity, passenger name records and law enforcement requests

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