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Data Protection and Information Law Advice for Higher Education Institutions

Information law and governance is an area which requires special attention for HEIs, particularly in regards to information security and the challenges which holding large amounts of data (much of it highly confidential) brings.

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Our data protection and information law team is expertly placed to provide comprehensive information law advice tailored to the needs of universities.

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Our experienced data protection lawyers regularly advise HEIs on a range of information law issues, such as:

  • Providing template or bespoke policies and procedures, delivering training which focuses on the information law issues HEIs commonly experience and carrying out audits to help identify and address areas of non-compliance.

  • Drafting suites of GDPR compliant documents.

  • Dealing with subject access requests, including how they can be managed to protect an HEI's interests whilst still complying with the law.

  • Handling Freedom of Information Act requests, including from journalists and campaigners, focussing on managing requests appropriately, applying any relevant exemptions and ensuring that information law obligations are met.

  • Advising on common data protection issues including compliance with the GDPR, sharing information with third parties, the use of CCTV, using personal data for marketing purposes, overseas transfers, biometrics, data retention and data security.

  • Providing advice on security breaches, including crisis management response, dealing with staff and student issues, drafting notifications to the ICO and OfS and conducting investigations into the cause of the breach.

  • Dealing with complaints to the Information Commissioner, including ICO investigations and a proven track record of avoiding more serious enforcement action, such as large fines.

The team at VWV was professional, responsive and supportive in providing advice in a fast moving and cutting edge area of law. The level of resource made available was exceptional (while competitively priced) and the focus of all the team was unstintingly to support the University and protect its reputation.

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To find out more about how we can support higher education institutions with information law advice, please contact Andrew Gallie on 0117 314 5623 or complete the below form.

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