To run a case Lawyers collect and process a lot of information on clients including some personal data e.g. date of birth, email address, national insurance number, passport or driving licence number etc. We also share this data with others e.g. experts we instruct, the Barrister on the case, the Defendants solicitors etc. We have to do this or we couldn’t pursue the claim.
The law is changing on 25 May 2018. This is when the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) comes into force. It impose obligations on all organisations (not just us Lawyers) to look after this personal data safely, process it lawfully and restrict its access by others. Clients have the right to see this data and have it deleted at any time, although insisting on deletion whilst a case is ongoing would of course not be practical.
I think GDPR is good news for all of us. It should ensure that our personal data is looked after more securely by all organisations and not passed on or sold to others without our specific consent. I am hoping the amount of spam emails and the unsolicited calls and texts we are all plagued by at the moment substantially reduces. Fingers crossed, although I am not holding my breath!
Hilton Armstrong – June 2018