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Joanne advises businesses across all sectors on intellectual property (IP) and IT issues both nationally and internationally. She provides specialist advice in relation to IT contracts, e-commerce and data protection. In IP, Joanne advises on branding strategy and getting a return on investment through licensing IPR.
She also advises on copy clearance in respect of advertisements.
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“The amount of the fine may seem surprising, particularly as many thought the first big fine would come from a data breach. The fine is certainly much larger than those we have seen in the UK to date. Prior to GDPR, the maximum fine that could be levied in the UK was £500,000 and after GDPR the maximum fine is up to 4% of global annual turnover. Whilst this fine is large it is less than 1% of Google’s global annual turnover. Also CNIL felt it was justified because Google had not met some of the core protections relating to personal data under GDPR, it affected a large number of people and was not a one-off, time-limited infringement. It will be interesting to see if the ICO in the UK follows suit.”
“Our survey into GDPR 12 months ago highlighted a significant lack of awareness about the new rules. I’m pleased to say this has changed and many businesses have been working flat out to ensure that they are compliant in time for the May deadline.
“I’m also pleased to say that a lot of organisations have approached the new rules with a great deal of positivity; seeing GDPR as an opportunity for how they interact and engage with their customers.
“It’s important thing to remember is that the so-called ‘G-day’ is just the start of the process.
“Businesses need to embed their data processing controls into their everyday processes and with the ICO saying it will issue new guidance in the future, it is vital that businesses keep up to speed with what the Regulator is telling them.
“For those businesses that don’t think that they are compliant or are concerned about it, it is important that they do not panic. Doing nothing is not an option and it is vital that businesses roadmap exactly what he going to do and by when.
“It’s also no excuse to think that it’s an EU rule and that Brexit will soon mean it doesn’t matter. The UK is committed to these rules and businesses can’t bury their heads in the sand.”
“These results are concerning because with next May’s deadline fast-approaching and with so much at stake, our study reveals there’s a very real possibility that the majority of organisations will not be compliant in time.”
“Contrary to popular belief personal data is not just consumer information. It is hard to think of a business today that does not use personal data. Whether you have employee data, customer data or supplier data – if the data relates to an individual you will be caught by the new data protection laws.”
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