Data Protection Legislation - what it means to businesses

16 December 2003

Leading data protection lawyer warns of the risks of non-compliance

Ruth Boardman, leading data protection partner at international law firm Bird & Bird, has joined forces with IT consultant, Richard Morgan, to produce a book offering businesses guidance on data protection including new laws which take effect this month. In light of these new developments, “Data Protection Strategy” provides hands-on guidance on how to comply with the legislation and warns of the risks of non-compliance.

Published by Sweet & Maxwell, “Data Protection Strategy” gives practical advice on how to go about implementing data protection compliance. It presupposes no knowledge of data protection legislation (unlike other books on the market), but leads the reader through an audit of his systems (including non-computer ones such as CCTV, voicemail) to a full understanding of the obligations of the legislation, and enables the reader to put in place structures and policies to comply fully with the legislation. These include topics such as transfers of personal data outside the European Economic Area (EEA), keeping marketing campaigns compliant, handling e-mails (including private staff e-mails), dealing with enquiries from the public and others, and the pros and cons of staff monitoring. It also highlights the consequences involved should companies fail to comply.

Commenting on the book, Ruth Boardman said:

“The law has changed substantially in recent years starting with the Data Protection Act 1998, and it can be difficult for people to know where they stand on all manner of issues. This book was conceived as a result of questions from many people concerned with such matters, from compliance officers and HR managers through to company secretaries and in-house lawyers.”

“Data Protection Strategy” was published by Sweet & Maxwell on 27 November 2003. For a review copy of the book please contact Aneliese Franklin at Sweet & Maxwell on 020 7393 7125.

If you would like more information on “Data Protection Strategy” or on issues relating to data protection, please contact partner Ruth Boardman on +44 (0) 20 7415 6000.
For more information on Bird & Bird please contact Larry Cattle on +44 (0) 20 7415 6156.