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Brave the data

Are SME law firms ready for GDPR?

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ISSUE IN BRIEF

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It seems like a long time coming, or at least it does for me as we’ve been covering the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for the last two years. For law firms, and most businesses for that matter, I imagine they are wishing for a little bit more time to prepare. But as we understand it, as long as firms can prove they have plans in place and are starting to fix systems and processes as soon as possible, we won’t be hearing about too many fines hitting companies.

So near, yet so GDPR

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Recital 4 (Article 1) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) states: “The processing of personal data should be designed to serve mankind.” Sounds like something out of a dystopian science-fiction novel, only it’s not fiction and hopefully won’t see the start of businesses going bust.

Despite worry from firms, of all shapes and sizes, on the impact that GDPR will have on their operations, believe it or not, the GDPR isn’t out for businesses’ throats, but rather is a punch at an answer to the question of data usage and rights.

Ready or not?

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Simon Ghent, specialist GDPR consultant at Accesspoint Legal Services gives some practical advice for law firms making the journey through the GDPR forest.

After the ‘finish’ line

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Nick Hayne, head of professional services at Quiss, says firms need to remember that compliance isn’t an end-all … it’s ongoing and it’ll change.


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