Law Services for Businesses Big Data & Technology

Our team advises on the deployment of big data technologies in compliance with data protection law.

Big data refers to high-volume, high-velocity and high-variety assets (data) which are processed by computing software using a variety of algorithms and artificial intelligence to produce specific data.

 

In recent years, there has been a significant increase in both the development and usage of big data technology, particularly in the commercial sphere with many sectors such as healthcare, MedTech and life sciences, insurance and the public sector all utilising it.

Legal implications

There are many legal implications for big data technologies, and MacRoberts advises organisations involved in the deployment of such technologies or systems on compliance with data protection law, intellectual property law and competition law.

Big data and data protection

Any technology that focuses on the production, collection and utilisation of personal data will give rise to data protection implications as well as data governance and data ethics concerns.

Those involved will need to be mindful of:

  • the type of data that will be processed, in particular special category data
  • the purpose of obtaining the data
  • the method of obtaining the data
  • how the data is used and stored

Types of data

Understanding the type of data you are processing is crucial, given that this will have an impact upon the data protection requirements which will apply. We can help you assess the purposes and types of data being processed to ensure compliance with the relevant rules. Given that high volumes of data are being processed, where any breaches of data protection laws occur, the sanctions can be serious. 

Implications for data processors

Data processors need to be aware of specific provisions for big data, including profiling and transparency. There are specific rules under data protection laws and guidance to ensure transparency and that data subjects' rights are not being infringed.

We can assist data processors in a number of ways, including creating standard policies and procedures to standardise the process and ensure compliance with the rules.

Related Services

  • Data Breaches

    Assisting you in understanding whether your business has suffered a data breach and, where appropriate, advising on the next steps.

    Data Breaches
  • Policies & Documents

    We have a number of template policies and types of documentation to help your business comply with data protection law.

    Policies & Documents
  • Auditing & Mapping

    Helping you understand the flow of personal data within your organisation and implement any remedial actions to improve compliance.

    Auditing & Data Mapping
  • International Reach

    Helping you to ensure your data processing activities are fully compliant with GDPR and the UK Data Protection Act worldwide.

    International Reach of Data Protection Law
  • Cyber Security

    Our team can advise you on full compliance with the requirements to ensure your business is not at risk of cyber crime.

    Cyber Security & Cyber Crime

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