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Data Protection and Freedom of Information

It is difficult to do business without processing personal data, whether it is data concerning customers, contacts or employees. The rules governing the processing of personal data are extensive and there is an increasing focus on privacy and data protection in the UK and elsewhere. Non-compliance with the rules risks prosecution and compensation claims. In addition however, a proactive approach to data protection can be a useful method of demonstrating credibility in the market place.

We can advise on the practical implications of the data protection legislation including:

  • website compliance
  • data sharing
  • reviewing, updating or drafting the business’s data protection policy
  • privacy policies

Freedom of information legislation in Scotland and England provides new rights of access to information held by public authorities, though with some exceptions. There are rules which must be followed when accessing as well as when providing the information. Increasingly business are realising that ‘information is power’ and accessing information held can provide a significant commercial advantage in many situations such as when tendering.

We can assist with advice and practical help both with accessing information and responding to requests.