Birketts celebrates 15th Data Privacy Day


28 January 2021

28 January 2021 marks the 15th Data Privacy Day. This annual event, celebrated in the USA, Canada, Israel and 47 European countries, commemorates the signing of Convention 108. Convention 108 was the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. It was signed 40 years ago today, on 28 January 1981.

Whilst the last few years have marked a period of significant change for data protection, the overarching objectives that have driven data protection legislation have remained constant through the years. Our data protection laws exist to ensure that we can harness the enormous benefits and potential of personal data whilst respecting and protecting fundamental individual rights and freedoms.

Data Privacy Day is a global effort to generate awareness about the importance of privacy, to highlight ways to protect personal data and to emphasise that privacy is good for business.

The Birketts Data Protection Team has contributed by releasing a series of top tips over the week leading up to Data Privacy Day. Each member of the team has focussed on a particular issue that they deal with day to day, drawing on their practical experience to address the key areas of concern. We are delighted to provide a round up of our data protection top tips below.

Brett Butcher joined Birketts as a newly qualified Solicitor in November 2019. He focusses exclusively on data protection matters. He regularly works with businesses who have received subject access requests and knows just how challenging these can be. Read Brett’s data protection top tips for dealing with subject access request article.

Andrea Curtis is a Senior Associate who joined Birketts in 2005 after training in the City. Andrea advises on wide range of corporate and commercial issues and has particular experience in advising public sector clients. Read Andrea’s data protection top tips for the public sector article.

Claire Hunt joined Birketts in 2016, after qualifying as a solicitor in 2014. Claire is an Associate who specialises in commercial contract law, regularly negotiating data protection contracts and drafting policies. Read Claire’s data protection top tips on complying with the accountability requirement update.

Andrew Priest is dual qualified in England and Wales and Scotland and recognised as a “Leading Individual” by Legal 500 (UK 2020). He joined Birketts as a Partner in June 2020, bringing over 30 years of experience in advising on commercial and technology matters. Read Andrew’s data protection top tips for contracts update.

Kitty Rosser is a Legal Director and heads the Birketts data protection team. She joined the firm in 2014 and has over 10 years experience in advising a diverse range of clients on all aspects of data protection law. She is recognised as a “Rising Star” by legal 500 (UK 2021) and praised by clients for bringing clarity to complex projects. Read Kitty’s data protection top tips for Brexit article.

Mark Gipson is a Partner who has been with Birketts since 1995. Mark has a wealth of experience in advising on corporate and commercial matters and is a Legal 500 recommended lawyer (UK 2021). Mark is recognised by his clients for being easy to work with, giving high quality advice and for his down to earth approach. Read Mark’s data protection top tips for managing data breaches update.

Jennifer Leader and Sam Greenhalgh are both Senior Associates in Birketts’ top-ranked employment team. They advise, and provide training to, a broad range of clients on all aspects of employment law. Both have particular experience in advising on data protection issues arising in an employment context. Read Jennifer and Sam’s data protection top tips for employment article.

If you need advice on any data protection matters please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team.

The content of this article is for general information only. It is not, and should not be taken as, legal advice. If you require any further information in relation to this article please contact the author in the first instance. Law covered as at January 2021.

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