Meeting your data governance goals and objectives
Data governance is enshrined in GDPR’s accountability principle. Companies must implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to safeguard the privacy rights of data subjects. They should also have internal processes in place to verify compliance with data governance principles when requested to by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).
The ICO indicates that encouraging a culture of data protection ‘by design and default’ is an integral element of being accountable. This means putting data protection at the heart of everything you do as a business. Our data protection solicitors adopt this holistic kind of approach when advising companies in all sectors on how to meet their data governance obligations.
Our solicitors can advise you on:
- Implementing effective data protection policies, including privacy policies and data retention policies.
- Use of third-party data processors and appropriate contractual arrangements.
- Identifying departments and staff that need to be involved in your data governance framework and providing appropriate GDPR training.
- Implementation of security measures to protect data.
- The suitability of a data governance hierarchy following an analysis of the data you process and the level of sensitivity that attaches to each category of data.
- The correct documentation for recording your processing activities.
- How to create a comprehensive data governance framework that minimises risk, including advice on measuring and reporting the success of the framework.
- Identifying key individuals with responsibility for particular processing activities.
- Legal implications for each department, data processor and controller if correct governance is not implemented.
- Data protection impact assessments when your processing is high volume or presents a high risk to individuals.
- The measures you can introduce to ensure you keep your governance strategy under review and fit for purpose.
What our clients say
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Amelia Guilfoyle, Head of legal
Choosing Harper James was one of the best choices we made as a start-up. The firm has provided invaluable advice and insight throughout the early stages of our business.
Leigh Purnell, CEO
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Veejay Lingiah, CEO
Harper James solicitors don’t speak in the legalese which I have heard too many times from other solicitors and which is totally unhelpful. What I’m after is focused, considered advice about the specific situations that I face. By which I mean, do you think this is a good idea? Their response might be ‘Yes’ or ‘No’. One word is often all I’m looking for! My solicitor gives a view and I really value that.
Tom Davenport, MD & Co-Founder
What attracted me to Harper James was the pricing model they have in place. It means we get access to top legal professionals at prices we can afford. In our most recent funding round, the support we received was vital.
Mikhil Raja, CEO
My colleagues and I have found them to be adept at dealing with the variety of challenges facing early stage companies. They are a trusted source for sound, sensible advice and practical deal management.
Jill Shaw, CEO
What I’ve been most impressed with is the way Rob and Ed have dug deep, independently, into our website and made sure every base is covered. They’ve looked under the surface of the website and highlighted areas where we need to ensure we have correct terms and policies in place. That’s first-class support.
Lameece Nagib, Head of Operations
I've enjoyed working with Harper James Solicitors and we are in good shape thanks to their help.
Steve Dunlop, CEO
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We initially turned to Harper James for help in one part of our business but quickly realised we could benefit from their support in other areas too. The level of service has been impressive. What I like about Harper James is they seem to take a proactive approach to legal services provision. They’ve looked at our business and made suggestions as to areas where they can best focus their support and expertise. It is reassuring to have a legal services provider like that working alongside you.
Heidi Ayton, Chief of Compliance
David Sant has been informative and reassuring as we in C-me Colour profiling work through the data protection analysis for the business model and the implications for our data protection processes and GDPR documentation.
Sue Wilsher, Company Secretary
What are the benefits of good data governance?
Improved GDPR compliance
Failure to comply with your obligations under GDPR can mean heavy fines and damage to your commercial reputation. Implementing appropriate data governance protocols across your business will help foster a sense of responsibility among staff in relation to the personal data they handle. It will reduce the risk of data breaches and other security lapses.
Gain commercial advantage
Prioritising data governance means being accountable to your clients and customers. Transparency about what you do with their data demonstrates that you don’t take their business for granted. It builds trust and loyalty among consumers.
Reduced fallout from data breach
If there is a data breach at your organisation your ability to provide evidence of your data governance policies and other safeguards will strengthen any defence to regulatory intervention by the ICO.
Who we help: High growth businesses with data security concerns
Our data protection specialists offer comprehensive advice on data governance to a range of high-growth businesses. We understand that for smaller companies a more low-key approach to data governance is sufficient than might be the case for larger businesses. Not every company will need a data management framework for example, or a detailed data governance hierarchy. Our job is to provide tailor-made advice that’s appropriate for your business and relevant to the kind of data processing you engage in.
Examples of our work
The EU’s UK data protection adequacy decision and why it matters
30 June 2021
On 28 June 2021, the European Union (EU) officially adopted the adequacy decisions allowing data to continue flowing freely to the UK. The UK adequacy …
New standard contractual clauses for data transfers between EU and non-EU countries
9 June 2021
Does your business transfer personal data from the EU to third countries? On 4 June, the European Commission published its long-awaited decision adopting new SCCs for the …
Supporting Growth Engineering’s journey from Brexit to B Corp and beyond
5 March 2021
Growth Engineering are, by their own admission, waging a war on dull online learning in a competitive global sector. Founded by trailblazing entrepreneur Juliette Denny …
TikTok to face the music for possible children’s data breach
7 January 2021
A 12-year-old British girl is planning legal action against video-sharing giant TikTok, in a case which could have major repercussions for social media companies and …
Harper James Solicitors double up on data protection expertise with two new appointments
10 November 2020
Harper James Solicitors is pleased to announce the expansion of its data protection team with the appointment of two industry-leading solicitors. David Sant and Becky …
Enabling digital marketing experts Croud to stand out
15 October 2020
With full-time teams working from offices in London, Shrewsbury, New York and Sydney, digital marketing agency Croud boasts a global network of over 2,000 experts. Together, …
Top UK start-up credits Harper James for early success
27 August 2020
With many companies planning to keep working from home policies in place post-lockdown, one issue is becoming increasingly important. How do you ensure a remote workforce …
Why choose Harper James Solicitors?
The experience we have at Harper James, working with businesses of all sizes across many sectors, ensures our advice will always be appropriate to you. Our recommendations on data governance will be robust but they will be based on the level of risk we believe your processing presents, and they will be proportionate. Many clients are reassured by the fact that because a significant proportion of our team has valuable experience working in industry our lawyers appreciate the pressures businesses are under to meet their GDPR obligations in a cost-effective way.
Plus, we’ll also look beyond your initial requirements for data governance support. In fact, we’re able to provide you with all the commercial legal support you could possibly need to progress. Whether you need advice on corporate governance, assistance with a contract dispute, or the necessary support to get the best possible deal on a commercial lease, we can help, while simultaneously keeping your commercial goals in mind and taking the appropriate steps to help you reach them.
Find out more about the team here:
As a previous partner at DLA Piper, Sarah comes with a rich pedigree in providing expert commercial services for her clients.View profile
IP & Commercial Technology Partner
Before joining us Rob worked for Santander bank as an IP/brand management lawyer and also at Shakespeare Martineau.View profile
Senior data protection and privacy solicitor
With a wealth of expertise in privacy, data protection, GDPR and cyber-security law, Clive’s distinguished legal career spans three decades in private practice and the public sector.View profile
Senior IT & Commercial Solicitor
With over 15 years of in-house experience in the IT sector, Rob specialises in drafting and negotiating all manner of commercial agreements.View profile
Senior Commercial Technology & Data Protection Solicitor
David is a senior commercial solicitor, specialising in technology and data protection. He joins us having worked as in-house counsel for the BBC and OUP.View profile
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