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GDPR TrainingThe General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was adopted by the European Commission on April 27, 2016.  It replaces the EU Data Protection Directive, and became effective on May 25, 2018.  The GDPR strengthens privacy protections in the EU and includes a number of additional rights and responsibilities.   With a length of about 250 pages, the GDPR requires extensive time and resources to comply with.  Indeed, the GDPR’s vastness and complexity can seem overwhelming.

Our GDPR training course, created by Professor Daniel Solove, is designed to explain the key requirements of the GDPR in a concise, accessible, and engaging way and to help lead to GDPR compliance.  The course can be used to teach lawyers as well as non-lawyers, and it is a great way to educate a wide array of types of workforce members about the GDPR and the importance of following it.

The GDPR training course (~7 mins) provides a brief introduction to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  The course discusses the scope and applicability of the GDPR, the basic terminology of the law, the rights it provides to persons in the EU, and the responsibilities it imposes on organizations.  The course explains the importance of compliance with the GDPR and discusses how the GDPR is enforced as well as its very strict penalties, which include fines of up to 4% of total annual worldwide turnover.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the scope, applicability and basic terminology of the GDPR
  • Explain how the GDPR defines personal data
  • Understand the rights the GDPR provides to persons in the EU
  • Learn about the responsibilities the GDPR imposes on organizations
  • Understand the penalties an organization can face for not complying with the GDPR

Here is an outline of the program:

GDPR Training Outline

The course consists of a video and 4 quiz questions that test on and reinforce the lessons in the video.  The GDPR training course can stand alone or can be snapped together with other topic segments and goes well with the other courses in our series –  Privacy Shield and European Union Privacy Law.

GDPR Right to Erasure - Right to be ForgottenUnder Article 39, the GDPR includes among the tasks of the Data Protection Officer (DPO) “awareness raising and training of staff involved in the processing operations.”  Please see my FAQ page if you would like more detail about GDPR training requirements.

The GDPR has a wide  scope.  Under Article 3, the Regulation “applies to the processing of personal data in the context of the activities of an establishment of a controller or a processor in the Union, regardless of whether the processing takes place in the Union or not.”  The GDPR requires organizations to provide quite a number of rights to EU citizens, including transparency, purpose specification, data minimization, right to erasure (a.k.a., the “right to be forgotten”), right to data portability, among other things.  There is a requirement for data protection by design that requires those designing products and services to build in privacy and security protections in the early stages of development. There is also a breach notification requirement.

For global organizations, the GDPR presents a formidable challenge to be reckoned with.  Organizations should be taking the GDPR seriously because the EU is taking it seriously.  The best way to comply with the GDPR and avoid the wrath of regulators is to take compliance seriously and have a robust data protection program.  Regulators look for clear and conspicuous gaps in programs.  A lack of privacy awareness training is one of these gaps.  The good news is that there is an easy solution for GDPR training — we have this course on GDPR as well as many other privacy awareness training topics.

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About TeachPrivacy and Our Training Philosophy

Daniel Solove Privacy Awareness Training TeachPrivacy was founded by Professor Daniel J. Solove, the leading expert on privacy and data security law. He is deeply involved in the creation of all training programs because he believes that training works best when made by subject-matter experts and by people with extensive teaching experience.

According to Professor Solove: “Great training isn’t about slickness or tricks. It is about teaching. The goal is to make people understand, care, and remember. Great training is made with genuine passion – to make people love training, it must be made with love. Excellent substance is essential. The material must be explained clearly, understandably, and concretely. The content must be short and to the point – and it must be engaging. Slickness and gimmicks can’t compensate for lackluster substance.”

TeachPrivacy provides privacy awareness training, information security awareness training, phishing training, HIPAA training, FERPA training, PCI training, as well as training on many other privacy and security topics.

Professor Solove is a law professor at George Washington University Law School. He has taught privacy law every year since 2000, has published 10 books and more than 50 articles, including the leading textbook on information privacy law and a short guidebook on the subject. His LinkedIn blog has more than 1 million followers. Click here for more information about Professor Solove.