Thursday 24 January 2019

McCann Fitzgerald launches a data-privacy app for businesses

McCann Fitzgerald managing partner Barry Devereux
McCann Fitzgerald managing partner Barry Devereux
Gavin McLoughlin

Gavin McLoughlin

Law firm McCann Fitzgerald is launching a new app to assess businesses' readiness for an upcoming European data-privacy law.

The tool poses questions to users about their business and uses artificial intelligence to evaluate the responses and pose follow-on questions.

It then generates a report on users' readiness for the changes that will be brought about by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), highlighting areas of weakness and providing recommendations. It is designed to enable users to decide what actions are required and where targeted legal advice is needed.

Adam Finlay, a partner in the technology and innovation group at McCann Fitzgerald, said the app had been developed in response to discussions with clients.

He said: "Clients who have started thinking about GDPR often tell us, 'There is lots of information about GDPR out there, but I don't know what I need to do in relation to my business.'"

The app will be launched for clients shortly and will also be available for sale to non-clients, McCann Fitzgerald managing partner Barry Devereux said.

"We are a firm that hangs its hat on being progressive and advanced in how we deliver our services to our clients. And that has been the driver for our business for a number of years," he added.

The firm has teamed up with artificial-intelligence business Neota Logic to work on a range of products designed to reduce the time and cost associated with legal work.

Sunday Indo Business

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