GDPR: What is it and why is it important?

Reference to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is everywhere now. In some cases, it is already regarded as a buzzword. Buzzwords usually exist for a reason. The reason GDPR is such a hot topic of conversation is that this new legislation is going to bring some dramatic changes regarding data security and protection.

In recent years data breaches, hacking, theft and online fraud have been on the increase. Creating massive issues at both corporate and government level. If any of you have been receiving emails from companies about new updates to their policies lately, this is regarding the new legislation. A way that these companies are starting to tackle personal data and protecting it by getting files up-to-date.


What is GDPR?

In effect from 25th May 2018, GDPR is a regulation designed with the intention to strengthen and unify data protection within the European Union (EU). The new GDPR is an update of the existing Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998, before the rise of widespread internet use. A use that had essentially changed the way we create, use, store and share information. The DPA also included the intention to address the export of personal data outside the EU. Unlike the previous Act, GDPR does not require legislation to be passed by governments.


The ultimate checklist

Successful organisations can build better relationships with their customers by going beyond data compliance. Organisations can build a balanced trust, giving them control of helping individuals realise the value of their data. But, the first step in this journey is to ensure everything is for GDPR compliance and the organisation understands and supports it.

The most important safeguard is to raise awareness by providing corporate training and development to employees, or third-party data handlers, for your organisation. Any data handlers should be a top priority. Ensure anyone handling data is protected to prevent easily avoidable infringements.

Corporate training will essentially provide an overview of GDPR, but it is important that corporate training for GDPR should cover the following topics:

  • Importance of strictly obeying documented instructions for handling personal data.
  • Privacy and confidentiality requirements that apply to those handling personal data.
  • Process of destroying or returning personal data as compulsory.
  • Security practices for protecting personal data during processing.
  • Regulations to follow if appointing sub-handlers.


How can GLAD help?

Do you need a quick solution training solution? We have built a GDPR course that can be viewed from any device, you can see an example of some of the content below.

Not quite what you are looking for? At GLAD we’re experts at creating bespoke eLearning that perfectly suits your needs. We can create data protection training to ensure that you and your employees are fully compliant with the GDPR. And if you contact us soon we will have you up and running training your staff in time for the new legislation.

Our elearning is engaging, relevant and user-friendly. We use scenarios and case studies to bring content to life, and test learners’ knowledge with challenging assessments. This ensures that once your staff have completed their data protection training they are fully aware of how to deal with these situations in the real world.

The UK’s decision to leave the EU will not affect the commencement of the GDPR. However, with Brexit pencilled in for next year – 2019, your data protection training may need updating again.

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