Panama Papers – how to deal with data breaches

Panama Papers – how to deal with data breaches

Panama PapersWhat compliance issues might organisations be facing following large data leaks and breaches such as the Panama Papers, and how can they protect themselves against such breaches?

It is still not clear what the source of the breach is, i.e. who might be behind this and how the documents got into the public domain. What is known is that the materials from the Panamanian law firm came into the possession of the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung which then shared the information with the investigative journalist community. More than 214,000 offshore entities appear in the leak, connected to people in more than 200 countries and territories, including links to some 75 current or former heads of state.

André Bywater, Principal Adviser - European Regulatory at Cordery, outlines the issues to consider including:

  • Just how significant is the breach and what happens next?
  • What kinds of areas of legal compliance might be affected and what should organisations be doing?
  • What should organisations do if they think they might be affected by the Panamanian leak?
  • How can organisations protect themselves against data breaches such as the Panamanian one?
  • What should organisations do if they actually have a data breach?

Read the full analysis here.




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About the author:

André Bywater is a commercial lawyer with a focus on regulatory compliance, processes and investigations. His practice has engaged both the private and public sectors.

He was Brussels-based for many years focusing on a multitude of EU issues during which time he worked across Europe and beyond. He has assisted and advised mainly European and US in-house counsel and other company personnel. Further, he has also addressed a variety of legal matters in the context of EU-funded projects building the expertise and capacity of government ministries and agencies in Central and Eastern Europe and further afield. He therefore brings to the practice a wide range of experience and skills.

He qualified as a lawyer in the UK in 1993. He is a Cambridge University graduate and a fluent French speaker with a reasonable command of Russian.