Privacy and Data Protection

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Privacy and Data Protection2019-07-15T19:52:43+02:00
  • Privacy and Data Protection

Privacy and data protection is an important global issue. It is one of the cornerstones of democracy. It protects individual freedoms and enables the free flow of personal data. There have been several major recent International developments. We are expert professional legal advisers who can help you to comply with global data protection laws. We are a team of practical privacy and data protection lawyers who have assisted many clients, with many issues, over many years.

How we can help you

We can help you comply with data protection laws, especially the GDPR and the POPI Act. We can help you with parts of or the full data protection compliance process (or data protection life cycle). We can also help you understand your options for increasing your knowledge of data protection.

We set out three options for you to choose from, below. The options complement each other and you might switch options during your compliance journey. For example, you might start wanting to comply yourself and then realise that you want us to do some of the action items for you. You might have asked us to do some action items for you, but now decide to comply yourself with our guidance.

Data Protection Impact Assessment

Which option suits you? If you’re not sure, do this complimentary high-level data protection impact assessment on your organisation (about 4 minutes) and then we will give you our recommendation on which is the best option for you.

Some organisations want to comply themselves by:

  • attending one of our public workshops (or having a private in-house one) or legal webinars,
  • reading our insights and subscribing to our newsletter,
  • getting a copy of the law and a guide, and then
  • taking the necessary action to comply themselves.

This option is best for those who want to do it themselves alone, at their own pace and keep the cost of compliance as low as possible. There are no recurring fees. You can always start here and then move to one of the other options at a later stage if necessary.

Suitable for:

  • small organisations whose primary business activity is not the processing of personal information, 
  • large organisations with a compliance function with the necessary skills, knowledge and capacity.

Some organisations want to comply with our guidance. You can achieve this by joining one of our Data Protection Programmes. Our self-paced programmes help you protect the personal data your organisation processes in a practical and effective way. We empower you to comply, and guide you through practical steps.  It is suitable for organisations on whom the impact of data protection law is medium or high, who have an in-house legal or compliance team and who want to keep the costs of non-compliance down, by doing it themselves with guidance.

Some organisations want us to do what needs to be done to comply for them by asking us to provide specific bespoke data protection solutions. This option often complements the other two options. This is for organisations who want to go at their own pace or have individual specific needs. This is the most expensive option because we take action specifically for your organisation. Our starting point is often to conduct a gap analysis.

If you’re interested, read more about what we can do for you and we can quote you a fixed price (on an as-and-when-needed basis) or agree a retainer.

Global Data Protection Laws

There are many data protection laws in many different countries and many new ones have been enacted in 2018. There are severe consequences for non-compliance. Like fines of 5% of annual global turnover.

Our Data Protection Experience

We have an extensive body of knowledge and have advised a large variety of organisations all over the world. 

We have assisted clients in all areas of the market, some of which include:

  • We have educated hundreds of people in public and private sectors on local and international data protection laws by giving workshops and webinars;
  • We have assessed the legal issues and investigated the impact of data protection laws of various banks and financial institutions by conducting workshops. Many of these institutions use our IT Legal framework that has strong influences in privacy and data protection;
  • We empower our clients by providing easy to understand policies and agreements;
  • We have created legal certainty by performing high-level data protection assessments and  GAP analyses on various institutions both locally and internationally that address their strengths and shortcomings in terms of their information security and data protection policies.;
  • We have provided clarity and legal certainty by researching and drafting legal opinions on data protection law issues;
  • We have enabled NPOs to grow by giving free workshops and webinars to assist them with their data protection and privacy requirements.

We have a more comprehensive list of the matters we have worked on that is available on request.

Our Clients

Our clients are situated all over the globe and include marketers, retailers, financial institutions, financial advisors, insurers, health care providers, the media, industry bodies, pension funds, directory providers, and many others.

How you Benefit

  • Protect people from harm by protecting their personal data that your organisation processes.
  • Comply with the data protection laws that your organisation must comply with by putting the necessary controls in place.
  • Reduce the risks of non-compliance (like damage to your brand and losing the trust of your customers) by focusing your efforts.
  • Reduce your overall cost of compliance by doing it yourself (with our guidance) and embedding a culture of data protection in your organisation.
  • Fast track your efforts by accessing deep knowledge, expertise and experience.
  • Ensure everything is privileged from authorities by engaging with Michalsons who are independent professional legal advisers.

Interested?

If you are interested, please complete the form on the right or enquire now. We will contact you to find out more about your requirements and give you a quote.