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

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