The General Data Protection Regulations come into force in May 2018. Although your IT team will be vital in implementing any changes needed to ensure that data is held securely with a clear audit trail and that only relevant people have access, it is the data controllers (the people who actually use and manage the data) who need to be prepared. Read more
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Seeking to better protect EU citizens from privacy and data breaches, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was adopted in April 2016. It’s been described as the most important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years.
Although organisations that don’t comply may be fined up to 4 per cent of their global turnover or €20m for more serious transgressions, the GDPR will be enforced from 25 May 2018, so there’s still time to prepare your law firm.
In August last year, The Law Society Gazette chaired a legal IT roundtable that was partly focused on the importance of law firms choosing the right matter management systems. Read more
The term “cloud computing” isn’t new. Reportedly, it was first used in Houston, Texas, in late 1996.
According to Antonio Regalado, writing for the MIT Technology Review: “Inside the offices of Compaq Computer, a small group of technology executives was plotting the future of the internet business and calling it ‘cloud computing’. Their vision was detailed and prescient. Not only would all business software move to the Web, but what they termed ‘cloud computing-enabled applications’ like consumer file storage would become common.” Read more
Turnover is vanity, profit is sanity, but cash is reality. You’ve probably heard the well-worn business cliché many times, but it remains as true as ever. A law firm’s financial health and ability to survive and grow is not necessarily determined by its sales or even it margins, but the amount of cash it can access. Read more
According to research published by (desk space online marketplace) Office Genie, online distractions steal 48 minutes of productivity from the average UK worker every day. That’s four hours a week – or some 200 hours a year per employee. Office Genie estimates that this costs UK employers £88bn over the course of a year (or £2,808 per employee). Read more