Title: Data Protection and Privacy
Aisling is an Associate in the Shoosmiths Commercial and Technology Unit. Having joined Shoosmiths in 2007, Aisling has almost 5 ½ years post qualification experience of advising clients on a wide range of commercial agreements spanning various business sectors.
Aisling has been heavily involved in drafting and negotiating standard terms and conditions of sale and purchase, complex long and short term supply agreements (goods and services), IT contracts, franchise agreements, distribution and agency agreements, outsourcing agreements and confidentiality / exclusivity agreements. Aisling also advises clients in relation to e-commerce and the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“FoIA”).
Aisling leads the firm’s Data Protection Team and has extensive experience in data protection and privacy law. Aisling’s recent experience includes advising:
· a global leader in the catering and facilities management sector on their data protection issues. This included a multi-site audit of the entire UK business and advising on remedial compliance measures, subject access requests, trans-border data flows and FoIA advice in relation to information provided in tender responses to public sector clients;
· various clients on handling subject access requests made by customers and ex-employees, including identifying relevant data and advising on exemptions;
· clients in dealing with requests for information made under the FoIA and in particular, the application of the exemptions from disclosure set out in FoIA;
· clients in relation to the collection and use of personal data for marketing and other purposes including the drafting of tailored fair processing notices for use both online and on paper forms;
· a number of large UK corporations on handling data security breaches arising from incidents such as lost laptops and rogue employees. Advising on whether notification to the Information Commissioner and/or affected individuals is required and assisting with the implementation of notifications and with remedial measures to prevent future breaches;
· various clients in relation to transborder data flows and in relation to the sale and purchase of customer databases;
· on the data protection elements of corporate transactions; and
· on “Cookies” Directive compliance including extended notices and consents.
Aisling is a member of the Data Protection Forum. She subscribes to various data protection and privacy subscriptions and has authored various articles for publication on the firm’s website and in third party publications.
Areas of Practice
LLB in Common and Civil Law with French at Queens University, Belfast 2:1. - Legal Practice Course, Nottingham Law School, Commendation