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Prioritising privacy: Key changes to international data protection rules

Law firms and clients that are caught unaware of changes to international data protection legislation risk heavy fines, warns Rafi Azim-Khan

18 September 2014

New laws, fines and increased enforcement activity mean that staying on top of data protection issues is now more important for businesses than ever before.

Perhaps it is unsurprising that many businesses have traditionally taken a somewhat half-hearted approach to data protection/data privacy (DP) compliance.

In the UK, a mix of historically small fines and seeming lack of enforcement by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) had, until recently, created an environment in which DP issues were
often regarded as lower priority.

However, numerous factors have been coming together in recent months, including new laws, fines, enforcers and EU-wide/global proposals, which mean that such an attitude is now very much outdated.

Important DP law changes affect not just UK or European companies and firms, but also any that are deemed to be 'processing' data in Europe. Law firms and their clients, wherever they are based...

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