As a retailer, you are likely to hold and use a wide variety of personal information, both from the people you employ through to your customers.
The UK General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) revolutionised the way we manage data. Organisations breaching the GDPR face penalties of up to €20 million or 4% of global turnover, whichever is highest.
Our specialist lawyers are here to advise and assist you with your strategic approach to handling data within your organisation. We have considerable knowledge and experience advising on the day-to-day use of data within your business, as well as privacy issues associated with behavioural advertising and location information, browser-generated information and device recognition technologies.
Advising a FTSE retailer on the data protection implications of a major enterprise cloud hosting deal and advising on the data protection implications of numerous different technologies including cloud systems, apps, financial technologies, CRM systems etc.
Advising a global brand on cyber security following the hacking of its customer database. The advice covered compliance with UK, Irish and German data protection laws, engagement with regulators and law enforcement agencies, reputation management, communications with affected individuals and legal proceedings against its service provider.
Advising Games Workshop in relation to a number of data protection and privacy issues including the implications of introducing CCTV into its stores worldwide and whether it is possible for Games Workshop’s international stores to carry out criminal record checks on employees in those countries and any relevant considerations in respect of this.
Working with Experian to understand its data flows, data maps and international data transfers.
National law firm Browne Jacobson has advised long standing retail client, Wilko on the sale and leaseback of its Nottinghamshire distribution centre in Worksop to logistics specialist DHL for £48m.
Earlier in the year a number of fashion retailers, boldly announced the introduction of a charging fee for returning any product purchased via their online store. Yet, despite this commercial, and perhaps somewhat controversial decision, at least one major fashion giant that adopted this approach has recorded ‘historic highs’ in its September profits. Browne Jacobson partner, Cat Driscoll who heads up the firm’s commercial team in Manchester and is also head of its Fashion & Beauty sector discusses whether this change has put the average consumer off and whether the days of free returns are long gone.
This article is the second in a series to help firms take a practical approach to complying with the ‘cross-cutting rules’ within the new ‘Consumer Duty’ (CD) framework. The article summarises what it seems the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is seeking to achieve from the applicable rules (section 2 below) and potential complications arising from legal considerations (section 3).
An engineering company in Tyne and Wear was fined £20,000 after a worker fractured his pelvis and suffered internal injuries after falling through a petrol station forecourt canopy, whilst he was replacing the guttering.
The fashion industry has a mountain to climb when it comes to sustainability. More than 8% of greenhouse gas emissions come from the apparel and footwear industries, and approaching three-fifths of all clothing ends up in incinerators or landfill within a year of being made.
Since the UK left the EU and are now able to move away from the EU data protection regime, the UK government have implemented a national data strategy with the aim of reducing the burden on organisations but maintaining a high data protection standard.
The GDPR requires all businesses to implement ‘Data Protection by Design & Default’ but what does that mean in practice and how can businesses practically comply?
As part of our regular updates for in-house lawyers, Richard takes a look at what has changed in data protection law over the last six months
Ros takes a look at liability and risk arising from data protection legislation and the Freedom of Information Act.