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What does GDPR stand for?

GDPR stands for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and it came into effect on 25 May 2018. GDPR it replaces the Data Protection Directive (DPD) of 1995. 

GDPR Explained

The GDPR's objective is to deal with personal data in a secure and consistent manner across the EU. It also increases the control and protection of the personal data of EU citizens, and provides them easier access to their data. Very importantly, any non-European company holding or processing data of EU citizens is required to comply with the regulation.

A number of service providers offer GDPR training online and in-person to help your organisation meet its regulatory requirements.

What data is protected under the GDPR?

Personal data of EU citizens fall under the protection of the GDPR and specifically refers to any information relating to an individual. This includes information such as names, addresses, photos, bank details, email addresses, medical information, posts on social networking sites, and IP addresses. 

There needs to be unambiguous consent provided by the subject agreeing to their personal data being used. The subject has to be made aware of, and consent to, all the purposes for which their data will be used.

GDPR Compliance: who needs to be compliant?

Any organisation holding and protecting personal, identifiable data on EU citizens are required to comply with GDPR, irrespective of the size of the business. If you answer yes to any of the questions that follow, then you are required to comply with GDPR. Does your organisation:

  • Own or process data on EU citizens?
  • Offer goods or services to EU individuals?
  • Hold information on citizens in the EU, even if your business is based outside the EU?

Compliance is therefore required by:

  • All EU organizations holding personal data.
  • Organisations, anywhere, holding information on EU citizens.
  • Organisations within the EU that processes data.
  • Organisations that offer goods or services to EU individuals.

Note that Brexit will have no impact on GDPR and this will form part of UK law after the country's withdrawal from the EU.

GDPR Training

Compliance goes beyond ticking the boxes of all things required. The regulation speaks to protecting the valuable information of the people your organisation engages with. Compliance is good for your organisation and for the those you deal with and it should be adopted as soon as possible. GDPR training will address everything required to set you on your journey to compliance.

GDPR training will teach you:

  • The fundamentals of GDPR, what it means and how your company is affected by the regulation
  • Everything you need to know about opt-in and opt-out consent
  • Best practice when it comes to marketing within the EU
  • How to manage legacy databases
  • What 'legitimate interest' means and whether it is applicable for you
  • GDPR challenges and how to overcome these

GDPR training is available online and in-person. You can also request GDPR training at your own office as well, and it's crucial for anyone who works in data collection, data management and marketing, where you deal with sensitive contact information such as email addresses.

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