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£500,000? Fine! Why Data Protection Matters

Posted: 19th August 2014

bto_logo_rgbLeading independent Scottish law firm bto solicitors is returning to the stage at this year’s Fringe Festival in Edinburgh for its sixth consecutive year. 

Two members of bto’s specialist Data Protection Defence Team – associates Laura Irvine and Lindsay Urquhart – are appearing on stage at Fringe Central (Venue 2) today (19 August at 11am) and tomorrow (20 August at 12.30pm) to discuss issues around data protection for the performing arts industry and how to avoid unnecessary fines.

The Data Protection Defence Team is the only team of lawyers in the UK who have experience of successfully challenging a fine imposed by the ICO for a breach of the Data Protection Act. Therefore its lawyers speak with authority on how best to handle a data breach and how best to deal with the ICO.

Laura Irvine explained:  “As production companies hire casts for their latest plays, send out mass promotional e-mails from a database or blog into the wee small hours, they need to consider whose personal data they are processing… and whether what they are doing is subject to data protection laws.

“The handling of personal information in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) is a minefield. We will be discussing, in plain language, how to avoid a nasty £500,000 fine for getting things wrong.”

Tickets for£500,000? Fine! Why Data Protection Mattersare free and can be obtained at the door of Fringe Central or online at:

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