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May, 2016 - Lisbon, Portugal



PLMJ lauches innovative service to help companies protect personal data under the new EU Regulation


The law firm PLMJ has just launched “Personal Data Step-by-Step – how to prepare your company for the New Data Protection Regulation”. This is an innovative and specialised service to prepare companies to adopt the New Data Protection Regulation published on 4 May 2016 by the European Union (EU). The aim of this service is to provide companies with the tools and know-how they need to understand and apply the new rules. It will enable companies to create and develop a business culture of compliance with personal data protection requirements.

For the head of PLMJ TMT, Daniel Reis, “The main targets for the service ‘Personal Data Step-by-Step – how to prepare your company for the New Data Protection Regulation’ are companies. The service provides a set of materials and tools aimed at helping companies to comply with the new rules. These include an operational guide, training for lawyers and non-lawyers, and access to a hotline for data protection officers.”
“Citizens will have rights and companies new obligations: in the Regulation, which establishes a transitional period of two years, the maximum fine for companies that infringe the rules will be EUR 20 million, or up to 4% of the worldwide turnover of the company in the previous financial year, whichever is higher”, Daniel Reis emphasises.

The PLMJ TMT team is made up of a group of lawyers with extensive experience in providing legal advice to Portuguese and international companies, operators and investors from a range of sectors, including telecommunications, media and information technology. The team advises on everything from data protection, regulation of electronic communications, television and media, acquisition and licensing of software to e-commerce, copyright, IT outsourcing agreements and electronic signatures.

The last EU directive on this matter dates back to 1995 and this new Regulation arises from the need to meet the challenges posed by the technological revolution that has taken place over recent decades. However, its underlying principles remain unchanged: to protect the privacy of citizens and guarantee the free movement of personal data within the European Union.


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