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Get Ahead On GDPR Compliance With EssentialSkillz

EssentialSkillz, a global leader in online safety training and compliance software, has launched a new eLearning course on a topic all companies in the EU need to ensure they are up to speed on this year – General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

From 25th May 2018, the new legal framework on GDPR will apply, with businesses failing to recognise the compliance status facing substantial fines. Penalties of up to 4% of a company’s global annual turnover or €20 million – whichever is greater – are expected, so it is something all organisations should take seriously, as this size of fine could end a business. 

With just under a year to prepare, EssentialSkillz has launched an eLearning course to help businesses ensure their employees understand the principles of GDPR and gives guidance on how to prepare for when the new law comes into effect.

The course is designed to summarise GDPR, how it differs from the Data Protection Act and what responsibilities a business has when working with personal data. The course lasts 50 minutes and validates the understanding with a test that is recorded against the users training profile in the Learning Management System.

First, the course gives an overview of GDPR and who it applies to. Secondly, it familiarises the user with the role they play, what is defined as personal data and how to gain explicit consent.

The next part of the course looks at the practicalities of processing personal data under GDPR and how privacy should be the default, incorporated into the design of systems. GDPR includes a new accountability principle for data controllers and processors whereby they must be able to demonstrate their compliance, so it is important for business owners and HR teams to be aware of how each change in the framework can affect them.

Finally, the course explains the individuals’ rights to obtaining information from the data controller and being aware of what it is used for. If these rights are infringed, individuals can take legal action against data controllers and processors, so it is crucial for businesses to adhere to the law.

Julian Roberts, CEO of EssentialSkillz, said: “GDPR is a complex subject, and businesses need to start preparing and planning now. It may seem daunting, but with the right training, organisations can be safe in the knowledge that all staff are educated and the business is moving towards compliance.

“This comprehensive course is ideal for all employees to provide an understanding of GDPR from every angle, so that they can apply the learning and be confident in building compliance.”

Find out more about EssentialSkillz: www.EssentialSkillz.com