Privacy and data protection

Compliance with privacy and data protection laws is a growing area of concern for clients as a result of an increase in data-driven and online based business, a frequently changing legal landscape and an increasing level of scrutiny from regulators and community awareness through media reporting of privacy and data breaches. A failure to comply with relevant privacy and data protection laws exposes businesses to risk of significant regulator-imposed sanctions, payment of compensation to affected individuals as well reputational damage.

Piper Alderman’s privacy and data protection group assists clients in navigating this complex area of law from the collection of personal data (including sensitive information), the disclosure and use personal data , direct marketing activities and compliance with Spam legislation, workplace surveillance and credit reporting.

We assist clients in a range of industries in understanding legal requirements specific to their industry and business and identifying and minimising risk.  We advise clients in relation to their compliance obligations with respect to collecting, storing, protecting and disposing of personal data, and help clients with the preparation and maintaining of up-to-date policies, procedures and forms of disclosure. We also assist with drafting and negotiating agreements involving the sharing of personal data (including technology and outsourcing arrangements) and in responding to complaints, enquiries and administrative proceedings.  We assist clients who have, or are seeking to establish, overseas businesses in understanding foreign privacy and data protection laws by working with our overseas associates.