Data Protection Essentials: DPA edition

Enable your staff to understand and comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 and get up to speed with the main provisions of the forthcoming GDPR

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With ever-increasing amounts of personal data being processed by organisations and identity theft a growing threat, it’s essential for staff to know how to protect personal data and comply with the Data Protection Act. And the stakes really couldn't be any higher: criminal proceedings, large fines, seizure of personal data and civil action are all likely outcomes of failing to comply with the Act.

Fortunately, it's not all bad news. Our Data Protection Essentials online training course provides staff with the knowledge and skills they need to comply with the Data Protection Act, and previews the main provisions of the forthcoming GDPR. Featuring detailed explanations of all eight principles of the Act, case studies to explore the practical implications of the law, and a unique 'ask the expert' feature for staff who need to know more, Data Protection Essentials is the most comprehensive, flexible and cost-effective way of getting everyone up to speed with their legal responsibilities.

What about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)? The DPA edition previews the main provisions of the GDPR. However, if you’re looking for training that focuses exclusively on the new legislation – which comes into force in May 2018 – you can take up the GDPR edition of the course instead.

Our staff give positive feedback, finding the sessions easy to follow and learn from. The training is clear and interesting, turning some ‘dry’ subjects into a stimulating and enjoyable learning experience. On a personal level, I have always found Cylix to be highly professional, helpful and responsive to customer needs.

Roger SmithProcurement Contracts Management OfficerNorth Yorkshire County Council

Course contents

The Data Protection Essentials training course is made up of four bite-sized sections:

  1. Why protect data?

    Introduces what personal data is, why it's so important and the responsibilities placed on organisations and individuals by the Data Protection Act.

  2. The eight principles

    Provides clear, comprehensive explanations of all eight principles of the Data Protection Act. Now updated to introduce the main provisions of the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

  3. What would you do?

    Puts users in the hot seat by presenting them with a series of case studies and asking them to decide how the law applies in each case.

  4. Test your knowledge

    Comprehensive mastery test to verify each user's knowledge and understanding of the contents of the course. On successfully passing the test, users can download a personal course completion certificate.

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This course is available tailored for the following sectors:

  • General Workplace
  • Public sector
  • University/HE
  • College/FE
  • School
  • Fire & Rescue

Who’s using the course?

  • Anglian Water
  • Bath & North East Somerset Council
  • The Barnet Group
  • Civil Aviation Authority
  • Derwentside Homes
  • General Medical Council
  • London Metropolitan University
  • Norfolk County Council
  • Royal Society
  • Salvation Army
  • TUC