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GDPR Readiness Assessment and Guidelines for a Law Firm

How we helped Sayenko Kharenko to create a roadmap towards GDPR certification
About the client

Sayenko Kharenko is one of Ukraine’s largest law firms offering comprehensive legal support in all major economic sectors

Industry: Legal
Location: Europe
Client since: 2018
Improved public confidence through transparency and accountability
Reduced risks related to storage, processing and transmission of personal data
The Situation
Sayenko Kharenko seeks to become more accountable for data protection

Sayenko Kharenko provides legal services to over 1,200 clients from more than 60 countries around the globe. Their business domain obliges them to collect, process and store large amounts of information about their customers while adhering to the highest standards of data protection.

As General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was about to come into full force, our client needed to take immediate action to align their business operation to this highly restrictive piece of legislation. Sayenko Kharenko needed a trusted partner with strong expertise in both regulation and technology domains to lead them through GDPR adoption and help them ensure their accountability for data protection.

The solution
In-depth evaluation of the firm’s data-related processes and security measures
Our collaboration with ELEKS on this project was trusted and productive. We entered into this project with some challenges, but upon completion, the reports of the audit and communication with colleagues fully clarified our role, risks, responsibilities and compliance with GDPR. The ELEKS team has well-developed client relationships, an individual approach and focus on results, and that is especially valuable to us.
Maryna Golota
Maryna Golota,

The ELEKS team conducted a process-based audit focusing on the risks, objectives and other significant aspects of our client’s data management. To reveal the gaps, our experts evaluated the entire thread of Sayenko Kharenko’s data processing activities against all applicable GPDR obligations. The team also assessed the effectiveness of security measures to protect personal data and identified the areas for potential security measures improvement.

We applied such audit methods as interviews, observations of activities, review of documentation and records, and technical tests to ensure that the security and organisational controls for cost optimisation, improved risk management and breach prevention were suitably designed and operated effectively.

As a result, ELEKS delivered two reports, Executive and Detailed, outlining the client’s GDPR readiness and providing them with a definitive corrective action plan to address gaps identified during the assessment. Overall, ELEKS helped Sayenko Kharenko achieve compliance in such necessary data protection domains as lawful and purposeful data processing, transparency and accuracy of processing activities, data protection and confidentiality.

The Results
GDPR compliance increases public trust and opens the path to future certification

Sayenko Kharenko was able to improve public confidence through transparency and accountability. They received an instrument to enhance their reputation and build better, trusted relations with their existing and potential customers.

We enabled our client to create an effective framework to demonstrate their GDPR compliance and reduce the risks related to storage, processing and transmission of personal data within the organisation.

Based on the Executive report, the Sayenko Kharenko team will be able to define their next steps towards future GDPR certification.

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