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Our specialist team in Brussels and London has been advising multinational companies on national and regional data privacy laws in the EU since the current EU Directive 95/46/EC was enacted nearly 20 years ago. We provide practical advice that is informed by deep knowledge of various local requirements and experience of dealing with regulators across Europe. Our multi-lingual team, which consists of experts in national Member State laws—including the UK, Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain—provides a “one-stop shop” solution.

We also maintain an established network of local counsel that we can use to advise on privacy and data security issues in a multitude of international markets, if needed.

We have particular expertise in advising companies in the software, technology, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and publishing sectors, and regularly advise in the following areas:

  • International data transfers – including transfers of personal data from the EU using Binding Corporate Rules (BCRs), the U.S. Safe Harbor, model contracts and taking advantage of exemptions.
  • Online compliance and cookies – including drafting privacy policies and compliance materials, and advising on using social features, cookies and the implementation of the ePrivacy Directive 2002/58/EC across the EU.
  • Cloud based processing services – advising on processing contracts, security issues and other related cloud compliance challenges.
  • Data breaches – advising on and assisting with data breach notification requirements, including liaising with regulators and managing reputational risks.
  • New uses of data – advising telecommunications, pharmaceutical and other companies in relation to new services that involve increased use of personal data and analysis of “Big Data.”
  • Employee issues – advising on the cross-border implementation of employee monitoring and whistle-blowing schemes.
  • Customers and marketing – advising on collecting and using customers’ data and on complying with marketing rules.
  • Legislative and regulatory advocacy – including advising on the proposed EU Data Protection Regulation as well as on the growing number of data privacy laws in the Asia-Pacific and Latin American regions.