One day course
- Good Data Protection compliance is not just a legal obligation; it also demonstrates that an organisation takes a responsible attitude to the information it holds about the people it works for, the people it works with and the people who support the work.
- Most voluntary organisations have gradually become familiar with how their responsibilities changed when the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force on 25th May 2018.
- The UK’s Data Protection Act 2018 incorporates GDPR into UK legislation, so that it will remain the basis of our Data Protection regime, regardless of any changes in the UK’s relationship with the EU.
- GDPR is not a radical departure from the current situation, but it does introduce some important changes in the rules about how data may be legally handled and in the responsibilities of organisations.
- At the same time, recent changes in the way fundraising and direct marketing are regulated mean that all charities should have been reviewing their current practice.
Who should sign up?
- The course does not require any prior knowledge of Data Protection. It is most suitable for people who have some responsibility for Data Protection, either at the organisational level (especially if they have been designated the organisation’s Data Protection Lead) or as a team or department manager. Fundraisers, communications officers, database managers and people with a compliance role should find it particularly useful.
What will it cover?
- Ensure that all participants are confident about the basics of Data Protection, both now and in the future.
- Put Data Protection in context – looking at its relationship to confidentiality, for example.
- Explain fully how GDPR works and the range of options for how its requirements may be met.
- Explore in detail the issues that will particularly affect small- and medium-sized charities.
- Consider the options available to charities in their fundraising and direct marketing activities.
- Enable participants to draw up an action plan.
Why should you come?
- In the past charities may have thought they would get an easy ride from the Information Commissioner. Not any more. If you don’t understand your organisation’s obligations, the result could be enforcement action, up to and including heavy financial penalties.
- There has been a lot of misinformation about GDPR, and some organisations have perhaps made things more complicated for themselves than they need to. The course will dispel rumours; the material is rooted in a thorough understanding of the text of GDPR itself, along with the UK’s Data Protection Act 2018, and what they mean.
- Data Protection is really about people, not data. People – and the issues they face – are interesting. (And it’s always good to talk things through with people in the same boat.)
What people said about this course
“A very worthwhile day, excellent knowledgeable trainer.”
“Thought trainer was outstanding and approachable in his ability to impart a complicated subject.”
Trainer: Mark Burnett
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