GDPR Staff Awareness Course

GDPR Staff Awareness Course

A 35-minute awareness course that is recommended for all staff to help businesses move towards GDPR compliance.

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GDPR '12 Steps' Course

GDPR '12 Steps' Course

An in-depth, 12 step data compliance course, based on the UK Information Commissioner's Office "12 Step" guidance and on guidance from EU data protection bodies, designed to provide more detailed guidance for project managers on how to get their organisations "GDPR ready".

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What you need to know

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect on 25 May 2018 and will impact organisations across a wide range of industries and countries.

If your organisation operates in the EEA, or if you keep databases of individuals or clients, the chances are that you will need to get GDPR ready—regardless of Brexit.

And with risk of fines of up to 4% of your global turnover or €20 million, whichever is greater, reputational damage, and potential claims from individuals, non-compliance is not an option!

There are only a few months left, so it is important that you act now.

If you are found to be non-compliant you risk large fines regardless of Brexit.

How we can help

HFW is a global, sector-focused law firm with over 500 lawyers in 18 offices across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. We take a progressive approach to our roles in commercial business – thinking creatively and pragmatically to support our clients. We pride ourselves on our deep industry expertise and our entrepreneurial, creative and collaborative culture.

HFW GDPR is a digital training solution that will help your business become GDPR. We will provide your staff with the knowledge they need to satisfy GDPR requirements, and help you avoid heavy fines for breaching the strict new rules.

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The General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, replaces the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC and is intended to harmonise Data Privacy Laws across the European Economic Area and to protect individuals and their personal data. The GDPR is enforceable from 25 May 2018, at which time organisations who are not compliant with the new regulation could face heavy fines, reputational damage, and claims from individuals. Every employee who comes into contact with data is required to conform with the GDPR.

Our 35-minute awareness course is designed for all staff and covers the GDPR, data protection best practice and the potential consequences of compliance breaches.

Our in-depth, 12 module data compliance course is designed for project teams and others in specialist functions, and is based on the Information Commissioner's Office's '12 Steps' guide to GDPR compliance, as well as guidance from key European bodies. .

Together, these courses will provide your staff with the knowledge they need to ensure that your business is GDPR compliant.

HFW GDPR provides a quick, simple and easily implementable solution to help organisations of all sizes get GDPR ready.

The ICO recommends that staff training forms an important part of every organisation's accountability and governance preparations under the GDPR. Unless staff are aware of the GDPR and its requirements, organisations will not be able to implement and obtain effective procedures and policies to prevent them from breaching the GDPR, and protect them from the consequences. Our courses have been written by privacy professionals and data protection lawyers, using accessible language to make as clear as possible what the GDPR requires and how to stay on its good side.
Everyone who takes our courses will finish with the appropriate knowledge required to protect personal data while performing their role, helping to ensure that their organisation remains GDPR compliant.

Our training courses are delivered via the firm's bespoke digital learning platform. Research has shown that digital learning is more effective and efficient than conventional classroom learning, saving you both time and money. Allowing staff to work through the courses at their own pace, and requiring them to take an assessments at the end of them, ensures that they understand each section, unlike in classroom training, where key facts may be missed.

The 12 steps course is as much a manual for implementation of your GDPR project as it is a learning tool. Accordingly, users can replay modules, download materials and use links embedded in the scripts to access further guidance to help them to make their organisations GDPR ready.

One of the ways in which an organisation can demonstrate compliance is by showing urgency in training their staff. Awareness of GDPR within an organisation is a requirement and upon an audit, you must be able to demonstrate that you have trained your staff.

The HFW digital training platform includes a Learning Management System that not only enables you to ensure that your staff have completed the training and passed the test, but also to demonstrate during an audit that you have taken the required steps to create a compliant business environment.

For the 12 Steps course, completion certificates give the course participants the confidence they need to be able tackle your organisation's GDPR projects head on. The online records of completion can also be used to demonstrate that the managers of your project have absorbed relevant principles distilled from official guidance and are running their projects "by the book".

Everyone who passes our end-of-course tests receives a certificate to show that they have achieved the core level of understanding required by the course. Neither course currently offers formal qualification or accreditation, but they do offer peace of mind and demonstrable results to help organisations with the GDPR's "accountability" principle.