The Lowdown on GDPR Apps: Who’s Got Them and Why

The General Data Protection Regulation is a European Union law set to go into effect on May 25, 2018. In short, GDPR sets forth rules and regulations that will govern how personal data is to be protected and secured in the UK.

Law firms are getting a lot of business from clients worried about GDPR and potential fines for non-compliance. As such, firms want to know how the GDPR will impact business and what they can do now to prepare for GDPR compliance.

Examples of GDPR apps already in use

While most firms are still using entry-level mobile apps for email, communications, and scheduling appointments; there are innovative firms out there racing to create relevant apps according to the needs of the market.

The following three apps are the perfect example – comprehensive, useful apps launched in response to GDPR.

DLA Piper Explore GDPR Mobile App

(iOS, Android)

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With the DLA Piper Explore GDPR app, you can access the full text of the EU General Data Protection Regulation on the move. The fully searchable app, which comes in 13 languages, links articles and recitals to show how they are related.

In addition, articles from the GDPR are linked to corresponding articles from the its predecessor, the EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC.

Hogan Lovells GDPRnow App

(iOS, Android)

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The GDPRnow app was built with the aim of creating an action plan for individual business compliance with the GDPR.

Through the app, businesses fill out a questionnaire that generates a custom report with an action plan and priorities based on the information provided. It’s a great resource for companies that need a clear path to GDPR compliance.

Fieldfisher’s A Complete Guide to the GDPR App

(iOS)

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The Fieldfisher app provides searchable access to GDPR regulation, along with important insights and a GDPR checklist to help businesses understand key parts of the GDPR and its impact on operations.

To provide clients with deeper insight into the GDPR, Fieldfisher provides links to official GDPR regulatory guidance. There is also a countdown clock to keep track of the days and hours left until the GDPR goes into effect.

What are the key concerns regarding GDPR?

Compliance worries are getting a lot of attention at most companies, with 92% reporting that GDPR compliance is a top priority, according to this report from PwC. Jay Cline, PwC’s Privacy Leader for the US, states:

“No legislation rivals the potential global impact of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)…The new law will usher in cascading privacy demands that will require a renewed focus on data privacy for US companies that offer goods and services to EU citizens.”

The worry over the adverse impact on business is well-founded. Non-compliance comes with a heavy penalty; 4% of global revenue. According to the Veritas 2017 GDPR Report, major concerns include:

  • high costs of compliance
  • negative media coverage
  • fear of penalties.

How prepare for GDPR compliance

Businesses are struggling to figure out how to become GDPR compliant in practice. Data protection and privacy setups are being re-engineered to meet GDPR requirements, but most businesses lack the IT resources and other staff necessary for performing risk assessments, let alone the creation of a GDPR compliance strategy that will meet all regulatory requirements.

Even with all the time and resource that’s being put into GDPR, many organizations are still struggling to understand GDPR and communicate it to the rest of their companies.

Meanwhile, most commercial law firms are coming up with ways to help their clients deal with the GDPR challenge; some are:

  • crafting (huge) PDF handbooks
  • putting together FAQs
  • creating resource directories

Why are law firms creating apps?

Mobile apps are highly beneficial to both clients and law firms, and 25% of the top 300 firms know it. Here are the top reasons and benefits that law firms have reported from creating apps:

Why the app is createdBenefit to firm
Provides legal reference materials, and allows client to interact and ask questions about itA flexible, constantly available, and easy to share resource for fee earners seeking to stand out from the rest of the market.
To automate tasksReduces the amount of client questions firms are sent that can be quickly answered with existing resource. Helps clients get in touch with the right person instantly, without intermediaries.
Promote other products and servicesHelps firms cross-sell their capabilities and services more effectively than can be done in person or via websites.
Track a client’s projects and processesDepending on app complexity, some apps can help fee earners keep track of a client’s project.
To provide instant and flexible communicationImmediate communication between lawyer and client. Eliminates need for scheduling brief phone calls.

These are only a few of the most common reference app benefits, but many firms have also been using apps to increase internal engagement, productivity and even help clients contact them in case of emergency.

Play with a sample GDPR app

Have you started to plan for the impending GDPR changes? Would like to know more about how Fliplet is helping law firms and other organizations prepare for the regulation changes? You might want to consider how mobile apps can help; request a free demo today!