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Hot Practice: Andras Gyorgy on SBGK's Data Protection Practice

Hot Practice: Andras Gyorgy on SBGK's Data Protection Practice

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SBGK’s busiest practice over the last few months has been Data Protection, according to Partner Andras Gyorgy, driven by both the COVID-19 pandemic and, more importantly, by fines for GDPR breaches raising awareness among companies.

Although GDPR has been around for a while, according to Gyorgy, some companies are struggling with it, and, he says, “we are now helping our clients better understand the rules.” For example, he says, he has worked on "many legitimate interest assessment cases where we needed to assess the nature of the data processing and determine if the measures implemented by our client are necessary and proportionate, and thus legitimately limit the fundamental rights and freedoms of the individual.” He explains that those assessments are most often tied to data processing in the workplace. “In one of them, a chain of fast food restaurants collected data on the reasons why employees decide to resign from work,” Gyorgy says. “In another, a company wanted to collect various kinds of information about its employees, so that it could meet their needs in a more efficient way.”

The team’s workload is supplemented by “many employers trying to implement different kinds of COVID-19-related health inspections.” Gyorgy points to a case involving a company that wanted to take its employees' temperatures, obtain PCR and antibody tests, and even launch a mobile platform to screen employees before they came to work.

SBGK’s work on such cases consisted primarily of providing analysis whether the intended measures complied with data protection regulation, and if not, what steps are needed to ensure compliance. Sometimes it also included representing a client before the Hungarian Data Protection Authority over alleged breaches of the law, Gyorgy reports.

“Overall, since the spring, about a third of our work has stemmed from pandemic-caused issues,” Gyorgy says, and he estimates that the remainder likely resulted from, “companies becoming more aware of the importance of GDPR, especially after the Hungarian Data Protection Authority began issuing fines for breaches of the regulation.”

Looking forward, Gyorgy says, “the pandemic-related cases will hopefully die down soon, but regardless of that we will keep busy well into the future.” His optimism, he says, is based not only on the current rise in cases. "Our clients appreciate the quality of our service, so they began referring new clients to us. It is difficult to predict what future will bring, but judging by our track record, this trend will keep on going even without pandemic-related cases.”

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Nagy és Trócsányi was founded in 1991, turned into limited professional partnership (in Hungarian: ügyvédi iroda) in 1992, with the aim of offering sophisticated legal services. The firm continues to seek excellence in a comprehensive and modern practice, which spans international commercial and business law. 

The firm’s lawyers provide clients with advice and representation in an active, thoughtful and ethical manner, with a real understanding of clients‘ business needs and the markets in which they operate.

The firm is one of the largest home-grown independent law firms in Hungary. Currently Nagy és Trócsányi has 26 lawyers out of which there are 8 active partners. All partners are equity partners.

Nagy és Trócsányi is a legal entity and registered with the Budapest Bar Association. All lawyers of the Budapest office are either members of, or registered as clerks with, the Budapest Bar Association. Several of the firm’s lawyers are admitted attorneys or registered as legal consultants in New York.

The firm advises a broad range of clients, including numerous multinational corporations. 

Our activity focuses on the following practice areas: M&A, company law, litigation and dispute resolution, real estate law, banking and finance, project financing, insolvency and restructuring, venture capital investment, taxation, competition, utilities, energy, media and telecommunication.

Nagy és Trócsányi is the exclusive member firm in Hungary for Lex Mundi – the world’s leading network of independent law firms with in-depth experience in 100+countries worldwide.

The firm advises a broad range of clients, including numerous multinational corporations. Among our key clients are: OTP Bank, Sberbank, Erste Bank, Scania, KS ORKA, Mannvit, DAF Trucks, Booking.com, Museum of Fine Arts of Budapest, Hungarian Post Pte Ltd, Hiventures, Strabag, CPI Hungary, Givaudan, Marks & Spencer, CBA.

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