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The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020. A transition period, during which EU laws continue to apply in the UK, is due to end on 31 December 2020. The UK/EU Withdrawal Agreement sets out transitional arrangements and negotiations for the future UK/EU relationship are ongoing.

Virtual Data Protection Officer

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the biggest change to data protection in a generation. Some organisations will have to appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO), an expert in data protection law. Even those who do not (the Information Commissioner decides) must still ensure that they have the staff and the resources to comply with their new obligations, or run the risk of financial punishment, litigation and reputational harm.

To respond to this need, we have launched our Mishcon Virtual DPO service. A virtual DPO will make sure your business has the right level of support, tailored to your specific requirements, for an agreed, transparent monthly cost. It will spare you the challenge of finding the right person for this critical role. Promoting from within can be problematic in terms of skills, expertise or resource; recruiting externally can be hampered by a similar lack of candidates. You may also not require a full-time DPO. Even GDPR recognises these hiring issues, which is why it allows organisations to appoint a DPO on a service contract.

This is why we created our Virtual DPO, backed by our Data Protection team with their decades of hands-on legal practice. Adam Rose, Head of Data Protection, has advised on data protection matters since the 1990s. Jon Baines, Data Protection Advisor, has chaired the National Association of Data Protection Officers for the last five years. Allied to this wealth of expertise is access to the service’s 24-hour emergency helpline.

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