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Group Data Protection

The bigger the corporate group, the greater the scope of data protection measures

Corporate groups face far more complex data protection requirements than stand-alone companies:

  • Secure data transfer between group companies and with third parties;
  • Data protection in cross-border data transfers to third countries (eg based on BCRs) in compliance with local data protection laws, which may vary substantially across jurisdictions;
  • Uniform approach to handling and processing data (eg e-mails, employee data, telephone use, whistleblowing systems);
  • Creating data pools;
  • Data protection systems for the use of uniform software solutions;
  • Works agreements with group/general works council under data protection aspects.

One of the major and most frequent challenges in group data protection is the absence of the possibility to implement a single, group-wide data protection solution. In most cases, the problems faced by the individual companies must be solved on an individual basis.

Scope of services
  • Establishing data protection systems within the group
  • Data transfer and data processing within groups
  • Advising on the compliant handling of data, data management systems and IT tools
  • Cross-border data transfer (eg under EU standard contract clauses)
  • Appointment of data protection officers 
  • Privacy notices and privacy policies
  • Big data and data outsourcing via cloud computing
  • Data protection compliance

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