17 January 2023

Refresh Staff Awareness With Employee GDPR Training in 2022

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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been around for nearly 4 years and has unified data protection all over Europe. Some of the largest fines to date have been handed to the likes of British Airways (£20m), Mariott International Hotels (£18.4m) and Google (£43.2m) for failing to comply with legislation.

The new laws were particularly difficult for smaller organisations to adapt to for several reasons, one standout (25% according to a Thomson Reuters report a year after the new laws were introduced) being that organisations found the legislation and requirements unclear and challenging to digest. This wasn’t so much of an issue for larger organisations with easy access to legal teams who are experienced with lengthy documents like the GDPR.

The GDPR is a confusing topic and needs to be made as clear as possible for organisations to understand to become compliant.

Employee GDPR training is essential to raise a level of data protection awareness that is standard across the workforce; including those who are not directly responsible for handling and processing personal data. The UK’s governing body, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), list training and awareness under the Accountability Framework and expect all organisations to deploy a form of training that meets certain requirements.

Key requirements include:

  • Could we observe your training delivery methods?
  • Is your training effective?
  • Do you follow up on ‘no shows’?
  • Could staff explain their training records?

From this list, one of the biggest considerations should be if it can be proven that staff have been regularly trained and kept aware of the latest GDPR legislation should an organisation suffer a data breach.

The ICO also recommend regular GDPR refresher training at ‘appropriate intervals’. To many organisations, this is seen as annually.

Legislation has undergone some changes since May 2018, the most notable being the EU GDPR becoming incorporated into UK law as the UK GDPR following Brexit.

Cyber Security Awareness Release 2022 Employee GDPR Training Course

Since GDPR laws were first introduced, it has been our mission to digest all the information surrounding GDPR and make it as easy to understand and accessible to organisations as possible.

We first launched our employee GDPR training course alongside the legislation in May 2018. Since then, we have updated the course as and when changes have been made to ensure that the information being provided is up-to-date and accurate.

We have helped tens of thousands of employees since to understand the GDPR.

Our new 2022 course covers all aspects of the GDPR and provides a well-rounded overview for all employees.

Modules include:

  • What is the GDPR
  • What happened to GDPR after Brexit
  • Who needs to comply?
  • What do I need to do with data collected before the end of the transition period?
  • What is the ICO
  • What is personal data and a data subject?
  • The 7 Principles of the GDPR
  • Rights of Individuals
  • Exemptions

The course also includes short modules on the Data Protection Act (2018) and Privacy Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR).

Our course is a fully managed service, complete with a short quiz for each employee, regular reports, fully managed chasers and reminders and staff turnover included free of charge throughout the year.

This is the perfect fit for GDPR refresher training for employees in 2022.

Find out more about how we can help your organisation with GDPR awareness training.

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