Data Protection Guide for Organisations

Trethowans’ data protection team is working on a series of data protection Q&A articles which will cover the main concepts of data protection law and issues of interest to businesses. Here you will find the articles published so far.

Our data protection specialists

Louise Thompson has many years of experience in supporting clients from a wide range of industries in relation to their commercial and technology contracts and also advises on data protection law with particular focus on the data protection aspects of commercial agreements.

Sarah Wheadon is a regulatory solicitor and experienced advocate who helps clients navigate the regulatory law that impacts on business life including data protection, health and safety, trading standards and environmental law compliance.

Data Protection Guide for Organisations

  • What is data protection law, why do we have it and why do we have to comply with it?  Read more
  • What is personal data? Read more
  • What is special category / sensitive personal data? Read more
  • What is criminal offence personal data? Read more
  • What  does “processing” of personal data mean? Read more
  • Does my organisation need a Data Protection Officer (DPO)? Read more
  • Does my organisation need to register with the ICO? Read more
  • Is my organisation a controller or a processor under data protection law and why is it important to know? Read more
  • What does it mean if my organisation is a joint controller of personal data with another organisation? Read more
  • Jargon explained: What do encryption, anonymisation and pseudonymisation mean in data protection law?  Read more
  • For what purposes can my organisation collect, use and process personal data? Read more 
  • On what basis can my organisation process personal data about an employee’s criminal convictions? Read more
  • On what basis can my organisation process special category personal data? Read more
  • Are there any additional considerations if my organisation is processing personal data about children? Read more
  • When does my organisation need to do a data protection impact assessment (DPIA)? Read more
  • When does my organisation need to do a legitimate interests assessment (LIA)? Read more
  • What is a privacy notice, why does my organisation need one and what information do we need to include? Read more
  • Our organisation has a privacy notice which was produced when the GDPR came into force in 2018. Do we need to update it? Read more
  • My organisation has a customer privacy notice, but should we have other notices as well? Read more
  • What data protection considerations do I need to be aware of for my organisation’s website? Read more
  • What are the Data Protection Principles and why are they important? Read more
  • What data protection rights does an individual have? Read more
  • What is a subject access request? Read more
  • How long does my organisation have to respond to a subject access request (SAR)? Read more

Quarterly News Roundups

  • Data Protection Quarterly News Roundup (October to December 2022) Read more
  • Data Protection Quarterly News Roundup (January to March 2023) Read more
  • Data protection Quarterly News Roundup (April to June 2023) Read more
  • Data Protection Quarterly News Roundup (July to September 2023) Read more
  • Data Protection Quarterly News Roundup (October to December 2023) Read more
  • Data Protection Quarterly News Roundup (January to March 2024) Read more
  • Data Protection Quarterly News Roundup (April to June 2024) Read more

News and other data protection articles

  • AI and Chat GPT Read more
  • Adequacy decision and reprimands  Read more
  • Meta’s EU – US personal data transfers deemed unlawful  Read here
  • GDPR turns 5: should you be reviewing your data protection documents and policies? Read more
  • Charities and Data Protection. Read more
  • Data protection law – mistakes and misconceptions. Read more
  • Data protection reform is coming (we think!) Read more
  • Alert: Interesting new DSAR case. Read more

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