Access Assist – Data Protection App

International law firm Allen and Overy are certainly thinking outside the box!

For the corporate law firm launched a data protection app back in 2012 that aims to help organisations respond to subject access requests (SARs). The app requires iOS 4.3 or later and is compatible with iPad.

Known as Access Assist, this smart little data protection app is available from the Apple Store. The latest version was published yesterday to take into account new guidance and law. So new, it's yet to be customer rated!

The updates include:

  • 2013 ICO guidance “Subject Access Code of Practice – dealing with requests from individuals for personal information”;
  • 2013 ICO presentation “Disproportionate Effort: An ICO Perspective”;
  • R (on the application of Kelway) v Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber) [2013] EWHC 2575 (Admin); and
  • Re Southern Pacific Personal Loans Ltd [2013] EWHC 2485 (Ch). 

Under the Data Protection Act a SAR enables any individual to request all of the information an organisation holds on record about them. Access Assist is a free Q&A based tool that includes targeted summaries of applicable law, legislation, case law and guidance.

The Data Protection Act gives individuals the right to be told what personal data an organisation is processing about. Access Assist is designed to help businesses of all kinds deal with requests for access to the personal data they hold, whether the requests are made by employees, customers or others.

Welcoming the launch of the new data protection app back in 2012, Deputy Commissioner and Director of Data Protection at the Information Commissioner's Office, David Smith, said:

"We congratulate Allen & Overy on the development of this app. The right of subject access is at the heart of the Data Protection Act. Any tool that makes it easier for businesses to understand and meet their obligations to those individuals they hold information about can only be welcomed."

E RADAR's Will Roebuck said

"We need to see more of these legal apps to help small and medium sized businesses. It's great that a major corporate law firm can see the benefits of helping out for free what today is a small business but tomorrow could be another Google or Apple. Legal services are now extremely competitive and innovative thinking like this does show that some law firms are ahead of the game."

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