Protecting information & data
Information: a critical business asset.
If your business collects, stores or uses personal data we can advise you on how to comply with relevant legislation and good practice.
You have a moral, legal and ethical obligation to protect the personal details that you hold whether it relates to employees, customers or other business contacts.
Your responsibilities as an information holder are stipulated in the UK Data Protection Act 1998, but if you trade outside the UK (or data is held on servers outside the UK e.g. website hosting services) you will also be subject to other legislation including EU legislation and the USA Safe Harbor Agreement.
We can help you ring-fence your liabilities by providing advice on
- data protection, privacy and confidentiality
- Freedom of Information Act
- information IT security
- third party contracts for the hosting and storage of data
- internal policies for the protection of information
- data processing agreements and notification arrangements
Technical or other business information could be your ‘crown jewels’ (perhaps a secret formula or recipe) which you need to keep confidential in order to protect your trading advantage (a trade secret, or know-how).
We regularly advise on confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, as well as agreements relating to the use of know-how between two or more parties.
If you work in (or with) public sector organisations you will also need to consider issues relating to the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
You might also find more information in Business Protection and Staff Misconduct
For more information on IT security, protecting your information and to start a conversation on how we can help you please contact the commercial team.