Do your staff:

  • understand that they must only handle personal information in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998?
  • appreciate that their data handling obligations cover information about their colleagues as well as customers and suppliers?
  • know that your organisation could be fined up to £500,000 for a data breach?
  • have a good working knowledge of the law and know how to apply it on a day to day basis in their job roles?


Data breaches and poor data handling can lead to enforcement action by the Information Commissioner (who has the power to impose fines of up to £500,000), claims against the organisation by affected individuals and significant reputational damage.

Most data breaches are the result of a lack of basic awareness and poor data handling practices by staff who haven’t received appropriate data protection training. If there is a data breach within your organisation you are much more likely to face a significant fine if the Information Commissioner feels that you have failed to provide your staff with appropriate training.

The aim of this course is to introduce your staff to data protection law and to ensure that they understand how it impacts on them day to day. At the end of the course, your staff should be confident in their ability to deal with routine data handling in compliance with the law and data subjects’ rights. They will be able to recognise common potential data breaches and will understand how and why these must be reported to management.


The objective of this half day course is to ensure that delegates:

  • have a good understanding of the Data Protection Act 1998
  • can confidently handle personal data in accordance with the law
  • are able to recognise and understand the importance of reporting potential data breaches.

Course outline

  1. Why do we have data protection law?
  2. The Data Protection Act 1998
    • the language of data protection
    • the eight data protection principles
    • data subject rights
    • the exemptions
    • enforcement
  3. Practical Application and compliance
    • collecting, recording and storing data – dos and don’ts
    • data security in the workplace
    • working away for the office
    • subject access requests
    • sharing data with others
  4. Who, what, where?
    • Who do you report data issues to within your own organisation?
    • What policies does your organisation have and where can you find them?
  5. Q & A session 

To discuss your specific requirements and get a quote, please contact Kitty Rosser on 01603 756559 or [email protected].

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