One of only three international law firms to achieve the status

International law firm Osborne Clarke has been named as a partner law firm by Europe's first data and GDPR certification scheme endorsed as a European Data Protection Seal by the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) - Europrivacy.

Europrivacy enables organisations to assess and certify the compliance of their data processing with the GDPR and complementary national data protection regulations. Organisations with certified data processing activities can identify and reduce their risks and demonstrate their compliance to help enhance their business reputation and improve access to markets.

Europrivacy is licensed for free to selected qualified certification bodies and consulting firms and advisers who are committed to supporting applicants with assessing and certifying their protect personal data processing, and to developing a digital market that respects the personal data subjects’ rights and freedoms.

Osborne Clarke is one of only three international law firms (alongside DLA Piper and Dentons) currently accredited by Europrivacy.  A number of regional law firms are also included as are each of the Big Four accountancy firms – Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PWC.

Compliance with data protection regulations, and the importance of maintaining cyber-security, remain among the biggest concerns for companies and organisations around the world

Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor, Partner, Osborne Clarke, comments: "Compliance with data protection regulations, and the importance of maintaining cyber-security, remain among the biggest concerns for companies and organisations around the world.  Europrivacy provides not only a useful one-stop source of information and resources for companies based in Europe, or those wishing to do business here, but also a directory of accredited companies such as ourselves who are passionate about the importance and potential of data."

Europrivacy has been developed through the European Research Programme Horizon 2020.  It is continuously updated by the European Centre for Certification and Privacy (ECCP) in Luxembourg and its International Board of Experts in data protection, with the support of partners such as the Italian Institute for Privacy.
This ecosystem of qualified partners provides a range of services for organisations to access when needing support and advice around their data processing.

Osborne Clarke has long been synonymous with IT and data, and has a range of services designed to keep pace with innovation and change.  Its data protection team advises on security, cyber and privacy related issues, from the implications of EU legislation to international data transfers to day-to-day compliance issues and dealing with requests from governmental data protection regulators around the world.  

The firm also helps clients take advantage of opportunities to turn their data processing compliance into a competitive advantage and advises on complex data protection and exploitation projects, often across borders and through its offices across Europe.  The use of data in payments, AI projects, outsourcing and in contracts with customers and suppliers are also key areas of advice.

For more information on Europrivacy and to access its documents, resources, online support, and its full list of partners, visit its website.

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