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Data Protection and Cybersecurity

Data protection and cyber security

Not only the introduction of the GDPR in May 2018 has brought a new significance of data for companies. Data is the "new gold", the subject-matter of socio-political discourses and breeding ground for current digitalisation topics such as Big Data, AI and Internet of Things. Due to increasing controls by the supervisory authorities and claims for damages raised by data subjects, the correct handling of personal data has become a C-suite topic for a long while.

In addition, national and global challenges from economy, politics and the society affect data protection more than any other area of law. Questions regarding the transfer of personal data to countries outside the EU, COVID-19 tests by employers and health enquiries prior to travels are only a selection of topics with which the industry currently has to deal. With a global team and comprehensive expertise, Eversheds Sutherland advises you on all aspects of data protection.

Your Team for for data protection and cyber security

Our team for data protection and cyber security advises clients from all industries. Over 100 data protection lawyers in more than 65 countries work for our clients. They are available around the globe, from the USA through Europe up to Asia and the Middle East, so that a continuous support with respect to the hotchpotch of international data protection laws and their enforcement can be ensured. Clients particularly appreciate our one-stop-shop approach.

Our team stands for pragmatic and company-specific solutions. We support our clients with legal expertise, market expertise as well as a firm commitment to service, solution and client focus.

Our Services

  • Development of strategic compliance concepts, including implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and advice regarding data protection organisation
  • Communication with authorities
  • Data protection-compliant structuring of business models and products
  • Support in legal disputes, in particular in connection with claims for the provision of information, defending non-material claims for damages
  • Data protection law advice in the areas of HR (employee data protection), IT, sales and marketing, including training sessions
  • Comprehensive support in case of data protection violations
  • Advice regarding cross-border data transfers, in particular conception and implementation of shared service projects, due diligence reviews in case of data transfers to third countries

Our Expertise

  • Advice to a worldwide leading technology and e-commerce company regarding any and all aspects of data protection law, in particular with respect to employee data protection
  • Development and implementation of data protection compliance for a market-leading automotive and food manufacturer
  • Performance of data protection audits for clients across numerous business sectors
  • Development and implementation of processes and guidelines for data protection-compliant handling of data in the operative business for companies across a wide range of industries
  • Drafting of privacy notices for employees and external staff for global companies across numerous business areas
  • Coordination and implementation of all measures required following a data protection violation for internationally acting companies with a large number of locations
  • Performance of comprehensive data protection impact assessments for clients across all industries

Market feedback

The German team around Alexander Niethammer is a global internal point of reference with respect to EU data protection and the GDPR as well as data transfers from and to the USA. The team's service portfolio also comprises contracts, data protection implementation, compliance and IoT projects.

The Legal 500 Deutschland 2021

"Their expertise on privacy matters is outstanding. But even more importantly, they are super responsive and very keen to provide business oriented advice. They help coordinating pan-European projects in a very efficient manner. They are always nice to work with."

Client about our data protection and cyber security practice

"They are applying common sense to balance legal requirements with our business needs. We have edited, supplemented and updated our entire data protection package in a very short time period. It is a pleasure to work on this rather dry topic with him."

Client about our data protection and cyber security practice


  • Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers® 2020 recommends Dr. Alexander Niethammer and Dr. Lutz Schreiber for data protection, IT law and outsourcing
  • WirtschaftsWoche 2020 names Eversheds Sutherland as a top legal practice for data protection and IT law - Dr. Alexander Niethammer particularly recommended for data protection and Dr. Lutz Schreiber for IT law
  • Listed for data protection in JUVE Handbuch Wirtschaftskanzleien and in The Legal 500 Deutschland