19th December 2017

General Data Protection Regulation Changes Are Incoming

I’m sure by now you will have heard of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that comes into effect on 25 May 2018. This regulation was introduced by the EU in order to strengthen data protection for everyone within the EU, as well as addressing the export of personal data outside the EU.

Please don’t make the mistake of thinking that Brexit means you don’t have to pay attention to this – even though the UK is leaving the EU, this regulation will be applicable here.

Under the regulations, people will have more control over their personal data, including the right to be forgotten, and it’s important that companies take all steps to protect personal data.  Access to data will be quicker and will also be free, instead of the current £10.00 charge.  However, a company can make a reasonable charge if the request is manifestly unfounded or excessive e.g. repetitive requests with a view to causing disruption.

It’s essential that all your staff with the responsibility for handling personal information understand the fundamental principles and requirements of General Data Protection Regulation. The liability that will come from breaching the regulations is huge – you can be fined up to 4% of your global turnover or €20 million, whichever is higher.

That’s where I can help…

My job is to protect your business so I’ve been working with our ELAS employment law consultants, to design a specialist General Data Protection Regulation training course to ensure that you and your team are fully up to speed and compliant.  This course covers everything you need to know about the minefield that is data protection and your responsibilities under General Data Protection Regulation, including:

  • The implications of General Data Protection Regulation and how will it affect different organisations
  • Being fully prepared for the introduction of General Data Protection Regulation
  • The essential steps you need to take now to ensure compliance
  • Technology and project management tools available to help ease the transition
  • Protecting your data from cyber crime and hackers
  • Key requirements surrounding data breaches and notification of a breach
  • The network and infrastructure directive
  • Impact of new EU data laws on businesses that operate outside Europe
  • Framework and extent of coverage of the EU-US privacy shield
  • The role of data protection officers in preparing for General Data Protection Regulation

We have two General Data Protection Regulation courses coming up in January, one right here in Manchester on Tuesday 16th January and a second date in London on Tuesday 23rd January.

I cannot stress enough how important it is to be proactive when it comes to General Data Protection Regulation preparation so you don’t get caught out. This year has flown by so quickly and before you know it May will be here!

For more information on our General Data Protection Regulation course or to book your place, get in touch with me in the usual way…email me at or call me on 08450 50 40 60. As always, if these dates don’t suit you then we will be happy to arrange another course at a time or location that will.

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