Data Protection Certification
A large organisation is likely to have a dedicated IT department that takes care of all technical aspects of the business, including its data protection. For smaller businesses, it doesn’t always make economic sense to have an in-house IT department, and often outsource, as required.
However, data protection requires ongoing management because, no matter what type of business you have, you are collecting, using and storing data all the time. It is important that there are people within the organisation who understand the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998.
This course provides the required learning, to ensure that your company complies with the DPA and collects, uses and manages data accordingly. It is completely up-to-date and includes the changes to the DPA that are coming in 2018.
What is Covered in the Course?
Your team members will study 5 modules that encompass all aspects of the Data Protection Act, as follows:
- The purpose and 8 principles that govern the Data Protection Act;
- The practical uses of the 8 principles in the Data Protection Act;
- The role of the Information Commissioner’s Office;
- The Register of Data Controllers and its purpose;
- Definitions regarding personal and sensitive data;
- The conditions regarding how information is used and shared;
- Regulations and rules surrounding how data is shared within the European Economic Area and globally;
- The rights of those whose data is shared and how those rights can be exercised;
- How to respond to the requests of data subjects;
- The practical uses of the Data Protection Act;
- Things to consider, when making complaint procedures and policies;
- What data security is and why it’s so important;
- What constitutes a data breach and what should be done, in order to handle it;
- The best ways in which to handle complaints;
- Exceptions to the principles of the Data Protection Act;
- Any changes to EU regulations and how they impact British organisations;
- The potential impact of Brexit changes.
What are the Benefits of the Course?
- Certification results in a comprehensive understanding of the provisions of the Data Protection Act and its application to a business;
- The successful team member will be able to assess the company’s current compliance, identify improvements and implement changes, in accordance with future requirements;
- Employees are able to flexibly complete the course, in their own time and on any internet-enabled device.
- What the Data Protection Act 1998 is
- The purpose of the Act
- The Eight Principles of the Act
- The practical implications of the Principles
- The role of the Information Commissioner's Office
- The laws that the Office enforces and its powers
- The Register and who is required to register
- What a data controller is and their obligations
- The conditions for processing data as required by the DPA
- The definitions of personal and sensitive data
- Conditions relating to the usage of personal and sensitive data
- The requirements surrounding the handling and sharing of data
- How data protection applies to organisations
- What businesses must consider when creating policies and procedures
- What constitutes a data breach
- The responsibilities of an organisation that has experienced a data breach
- The reasons organisations may not have to be on the ICO Data Controller's Register
- Reasons why organisations may refuse to comply with Subject Access Requests
- The circumstances where data may be disclosed to other organisations
- New European Union rules regarding data protection
Who can take the Data Protection Certification course?There are no entry requirements to take the course.
What is the structure of the course?The course is broken down into 5 individual modules. Each module takes between 20 and 90 minutes on average to study. Although students are free to spend as much or as little time as they feel necessary on each module.
Where / when can the course be studied?The course can be studied study at any time and from any internet connected device
Is there a test at the end of the course?Once you have completed all 5 modules there is a multiple choice test. The questions will be on a range of topics found within the 5 modules. The test, like the course, is online and can be taken a time and location of your choosing.
What is the pass mark for the final test?The pass mark for the test is 70%.
What happens if a user fails the test?If the user doesn’t pass the test first time they will get further opportunities to take the test again after extra study. There are no limits to the number of times a test can be taken.
How long does it take to complete the Data Protection Certification course?We estimate that the course will take about 7 hours to complete in total, plus an additional 30 minutes for the end of course test.