How we can help: Avoid fines and show GDPR compliance with a tailored data protection audit
We have a team of data protection solicitors, ready to create a holistic general data protection regulation audit report for your organisation. We’ll also provide comprehensive follow-up support through a tailor-made data protection audit plan.
We can support you with:
- Data protection information audit visits to see how your company handles data on the ground. We’ll also assess staff familiarity with GDPR rules and processes.
- Risk assessment of your data. We’ll examine how you collect data, identify the categories of data you hold for GDPR purposes and help specify the purpose for which you process the data.
- Confirmation that you are processing data lawfully.
- Examination of your current data protection procedures and policies against our data protection audit checklist to isolate shortcomings and suggest improvements.
- Identification of key data controllers within your organisation to ensure they receive adequate data centric audit and protection training.
- Review of data acquired externally through third party integrations. These can present high data security risks to individual organisations and require specific compliance consideration.
- Data protection internal audit reports and data protection audit toolkits to inform your future data processing and enable you to demonstrate compliance to the ICO if required.
- Implementation of corrective actions following site visits and production of our audit report.
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What are the benefits of a data protection audit?
Demonstrate GDPR compliance
GDPR imposes an accountability requirement on every business that controls or processes personal data. You must be able to show – on an ongoing basis – that you are meeting the requirements of GDPR. A data protection audit is one of the best ways to do this.
Rely on your auditor’s expertise
Using an external advisor like a specialist data protection solicitor to perform your audit means you can take advantage of their experience. We have carried out audits in all kinds of commercial environments, including in businesses similar to your own. We will be able to quickly spot pitfalls and use our knowledge to recommend valuable and practical modifications to your current data protection practices.
Help manage your data
With the company-wide review of data inherent in a data protection audit you will be able to identify what unnecessary data you hold and dispose of it in accordance with your data retention policy.
Raise staff awareness
All staff – not just the key processors and controllers within your organisation – need to be aware of GDPR and its impact on the way personal information should be treated. Regular data protection audits will help create a culture of compliance across your business and reduce the possibility of data breaches.
Provide peace of mind
The ICO now has extensive sanctions at its disposal to deal with data breaches. Your clients will be less ready to trust your organisation if you suffer any type of breach. A comprehensive data protection compliance audit followed by implementation of any recommendations made by the auditor provides you with the peace of mind to know that you have taken all reasonable steps to comply with your obligations under GDPR.
Who we help: Businesses across all sectors that control personal data
We provide security data protection and audit management services to a wide range of business clients. Failure to comply with GDPR can lead to significant fines and reputational damage. For many organisations the commercial fallout from data breaches will be difficult to withstand. At Harper James we provide bespoke advice on all your concerns around data protection compliance. In addition, our dedicated team of solicitors offers practical solutions to any gaps in your compliance management identified by our audit.
Examples of our work
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, …
Feeling at home supporting Zoopla’s in-house counsel
1 October 2020
It is one the country’s most-visited websites for people looking to buy, sell, rent or lease a property. In the past three months, property tech …
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 …
We are Digital: changing lives with digital and financial skills
27 May 2020
We are Digital is a pioneering digital inclusion agency and provider of training courses based in the West Midlands. Set up in 2012 to help …
Hospify: The healthcare messenger that’s coming of age in the era of COVID-19
30 April 2020
Hospify’s time is now. As one of the outlier companies that’s thriving in the challenging era of COVID-19, the healthtech start-up’s messaging platform is in …
Why choose Harper James Solicitors?
Data protection compliance is rarely straightforward. And with the additional obligations and stricter sanctions associated with GDPR it’s an area that can overwhelm some small and medium-sized businesses. Our team has a rare mix of technical legal knowledge and hands-on industry experience. We have extensive experience gained at other top law firms, and crucially members of the team have worked in-house for large commercial organisations. So, we understand the practical difficulties businesses face in trying to meet their data protection obligations. Over the years we have also developed valuable working relationships with regulators, including the Information Commissioner’s Office.
Find out more about the team here:
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
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
Commercial and Data Protection Solicitor
Lillian previously worked in private practice and in-house (litigation and non-litigation) in the City of London, advising on the legal and commercial dilemmas any organisation faces.View profile
Commercial Technology & Data Protection Solicitor
David is a 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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