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Data Protection

In an increasingly regulated environment, businesses need to manage their data in order to manage their reputational and financial risks.

Across our international network, our data protection practitioners advise leading corporations and financial institutions on all aspects of compliance with data privacy law.

We carry out cross-border data privacy surveys for clients, both to review their existing processes and procedures and to help set up new ventures.  With significant experience of designing, drafting, reviewing and updating internal policies as well as 3rd party contracts, we support clients with data collection and consents; cross-border data transfers; data monetization and ethics; liability and penalties; Privacy by design; automated data processing and profiling; and interactions with the relevant data protection authorities. We also advise clients on the implications of freedom of information legislation, how to mitigate risk and the potential to use the legislation for competitive advantage. ; 

Our team draws on specialists from a variety of complementary disciplines including employment and benefits, financial services, intellectual property, outsourcing, regulatory and regulatory litigation to deliver a comprehensive approach to our clients' data protection needs.

With strong working relationships with regulators across our network, we have developed a nuanced understanding of the attitude of regulators and to assist clients with risk-based analysis.  This means we provide our clients with a quick and efficient response – regardless of time zone.  Our global presence, together with the extensive experience of our integrated international data protection group, sets us apart from many of our competitors.  We have detailed experience in each jurisdiction, which brings valuable insight to managing the differing legal systems, cultures and regulatory regimes.

We are active participants in the privacy community, including the International Association of Privacy Professionals and regular speakers at industry events as well as contributing to industry publications.

News & insights

Publications: 06 DECEMBER 2019

Warsaw podcast - GDPR in M&A transactions - episode two

Justyna Ostrowska, senior associate in Allen & Overy Warsaw, advises clients on new technologies law as well as intellectual property rights and data protection.  In her podcast, she discusses the various stages of a M&A transaction in the light of the GDPR. This recording is devoted to the processing of employee data at the stage of sale transaction and data room preparation. We invite you to the second part of the podcast series dedicated to the employee data in M&A transactions.

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Publications: 03 DECEMBER 2019

Data ethics – why should you care?

The potentially limitless opportunities provided by data-driven insights make data one of the most valuable assets that organisations have at their disposal today. 

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Automotive parts

News: 06 NOVEMBER 2019

Allen & Overy advises Kendrion on acquiring INTORQ

Allen & Overy has advised Kendrion N.V. (Kendrion), headquartered in Zeist (Netherlands) on acquiring INTORQ GmbH & Co. KG (INTORQ), a German manufacturer of brakes and clutches.

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Publications: 31 OCTOBER 2019

Warsaw podcast - GDPR in M&A transactions

Justyna Ostrowska, senior associate in Allen & Overy Warsaw, advises clients on new technologies law as well as intellectual property rights and data protection.  In her podcast, she discusses the role and responsibilities of parties to M&A transactions in light of the GDPR. Listen to our recording on employee data in M&A transactions.  

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The EU General Data Protection Regulation microsite

After over four years of discussion, the new EU data protection framework was adopted on 8 April 2016.

It takes the form of a Regulation – the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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Why data protection has become a crucial and complex topic for companies.

A&O Digital Hub

Focusing on the latest digital trends and risks and developments in the field of data protection, privacy, information and cyber law.

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