Updates to products due to the GDPR

Since the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), we’ve been working hard to update all of our products to reflect the new law.

We’ve already let our approved-training centres know about the work we are doing through a video, which you can view here

As you can imagine, with hundreds of products available, there’s a lot of content to go through, but we’re delighted to say we’ve now updated our full range of Apprentikits and ekits.

We’ve also updated our full suite of security training presentations to reflect the updates and impact of the GDPR.

We’re expecting further updates over the coming months so watch this space.

What you need to know about our products, qualifications and GDPR

As you are probably aware, the GDPR – or the General Data Protection Regulation – came into effect in May and has changed the way all businesses keep data.

But it also has an impact on the content of our qualifications and products, and in some cases how those qualifications and products should be used.

We’ve produced a short video (less than two minutes) to let you know what we’re doing to make sure ALL of our products and qualifications are compliant with the GDPR.

In the meantime, if you are a Highfield centre and have a specific question, please contact your account manager who will be happy to help.

Or contact us on 0845 2260350 / 01302 363277 or info@highfield.co.uk

GDPR – change is here

There are few things that have filled businesses of all sizes with greater dread over the last year than the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As of 25 May 2018, this regulation applies to how all personal data is stored and processed.  

If you’re only just getting to grips with the GDPR, it can seem like a minefield. Questions are raised such as, ‘Can we still contact our existing customers?’ ‘How long can I keep my customers’ details?’ ‘What details am I allowed to keep?’ ‘How do we promote our goods and/or services now?’

Complying with the GDPR may at first seem like sailing through choppy waters, without completely understanding your map.

It’s likely by now though that someone at your company has managed to get their head around the basic principles and have a broad understanding of what you can and what you can’t do under the new regulation. If they haven’t yet, then this certainly needs to happen. It’s also essential that everyone in your organisation involved in data processing has a good understanding of the basic principles of the GDPR.

Consequences of non-compliance 
It’s essential that information concerning compliance with the GDPR is disseminated among your staff, especially considering that companies can be fined up to €20,000,000 or 4% of their turnover if they are found to be breaching it. Therefore, it’s something that’s pretty important to get right and you should ensure that everyone who is handling data is aware of what their new responsibilities are.

Like most things though the GDPR probably isn’t as scary as it may first appear. By ensuring your team has understood the basics and how it impacts their daily activities, the fear factor suddenly disappears, and compliant behaviour becomes second nature. But you need to consider how you’re going to achieve this.

Internal training sessions by your data compliance team are great, but another option that’s surely worth considering – especially for larger employers – is e-learning. This allows your team members to learn everything they need to at a time convenient to them (and their workload). It also allows each individual to have their knowledge on the regulation tested (something less achievable in group sessions). 

We provide a number of short e-learning courses, all specifically written to enable your employees/learners to obtain the knowledge they need to achieve compliance in their job role. Our latest course covers the topic of the GDPR and the basics of what your team will need to know, including things like subject access requests, data breaches, scenarios and the right to be forgotten. It’s also loaded with interactive and multiple-choice exercises.

For more information, just go to: https://www.highfieldelearning.com/products/gdpr