Data Protection

Modern businesses and organisations rely upon incessant flows of information. Personal data processing takes place whenever a company handles the data of customers, employees or contractual partners. New technologies and services are data-centred. In-depth knowledge about data processing regulations is essential to ensure compliance with rules, protection of user privacy, and achievement of business goals. Cloud computing, social networking and cross-border sales trigger new data processing concerns. Our experienced team is prepared to guide you through this complex area of the law.

We advise local and international companies on all aspects of data protection and privacy matters. We have experience with data protection issues in all sectors, including the financial, insurance, healthcare, pharmaceutical, telecoms, online and retail industries. We are also experts in protecting employee data (video surveillance, monitoring of the Internet, e-mail and telephone usage).

COBALT can offer advice about:

  • The general right to privacy and relevant data protection laws
  • Data processing agreements, privacy policies and consent forms
  • Internal procedures and policies relating to data processing
  • Implementation of whistleblowing schemes
  • Implementation of complex cross-border data transfers
  • Registration of data processing with the national authorities
  • Data transfers outside of the EU/EEA zone (adequate safety, model clauses, safe harbours, binding corporate rules)
  • E-privacy and E-marketing (E-mail, SMS, call campaigns; cookies, public directories)
  • Document and information retention rules
  • Resolution of disputes with data subjects and authorities
  • Data protection compliance audits
  • Personal data in the context of M&A transactions
  • Drafting and implementation of online privacy policies, terms and conditions
  • Specific advice for industries such as the life sciences