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Data Protection

Data protection compliance is an essential legal requirement for all organisations. Since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force in May 2018, it is more vital than ever that everyone who works with personal data understands the laws and acts in compliance, as the penalties can be severe.

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The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation 2018 (GDPR) is the global gold standard in the protection and management of data. This free short GDPR Data Protection Officer (DPO) Skills online course offers a basic, practical understanding of the law, policy, and practice of GDPR. The course consists of three units, concerning the legal, behavioural, and technical aspects of data protection.

Key Features & Overview

This course will help you to understand:

  • the fundamentals of the GDPR
  • the role of DPOs
  • the handling, management, and protection of personal data
  • the legal aspects of GDPR
  • the behavioural issues in data protection
  • the technical aspects of handling personal data


The legal module has a focus on providing knowledge about the legal framework for data protection

  • The legal basis of data protection
  • The role of Data Processors and Controllers
  • Personal data and data subjects
  • Special categories of personal data
  • Exceptions and derogations
  • Data processing
  • Data protection principles
  • Conditions for lawful processing of data
  • Privacy notices and policies
  • Retention and destruction of data
  • Data security
  • Data protection by design and default
  • Accountability and governance
  • Subject access requests
  • Rectification and erasure
  • Breaches, fines and enforcement
  • Applications in professional roles in big and small organisations
  • Case studies and assessments

Unit 2 – Behavioural

The Behavioural and Security module is aimed at allowing participants to understand the impact of data in the behaviour of a given organisation and to acquire the ability to manage the security-related aspects involved.

  • Potential data security risks for an organisation related to employee behaviour
  • Organisational culture and security
  • Improving organisational behaviour
  • Authentication of system users
  • Social media security risks
  • Human error
  • Compliance, obedience and human motivation
  • Personality theory and implications for GDPR
  • Characteristics of data breaches
  • Case studies

Unit 3 – Technical

The Technical, Organisational and Impact Assessment module covers technical aspects of data creation, management and storing, as well as the ability to devise data management strategies and evaluate the impact of policies.

  • Technical aspects of data protection
  • Key principles
  • Internet of things
  • Cloud computing
  • Profiling technologies
  • Privacy by design
  • Block chain technologies
  • Security protocols
  • Data protection impact assessment


This course is the most comprehensive and complete course on data security and privacy. Every minor detail on the privacy and anonymity topic is covered in this course. Furthermore, you will learn to survive in this hostile environment where everyone from government bodies to private corporate houses want to snatch your privacy for their use.

Who should attend

Though this course is open to anyone who wants to better understand the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation 2018 (GDPR), it is ideally suited to those in a variety of job roles including:

  • Data Protection Officers (DPOs) in large organisations in the EU
  • Those who handle and manage data in small organisations in the EU, but are not formally required to have DPOs
  • Those outside the EU who are interested in acquiring knowledge of data protection, particularly in jurisdictions that have recently developed – or are in the process of developing – data protection regulations

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