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Local e-learning provider launches new must-read online training course to help those preparing for GDPR





Online training expert, Me Learning, today launches a new e-learning course aimed at preparing employees for the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Due to come into force on 25 May 2018, all businesses providing services to those in the EU, must comply with this vastly updated version of the Data Protection Act, else risk fines of 2-4% of their global revenue for non-compliance. In some cases this could include penalties of up to €20 million.

This new thirty-minute e-learning course, ‘General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – Preparing for Change’, by Me Learning, is one of the only GDPR specialised online courses available in the UK for organisations. It is easy to use and explains clearly the changes that will be in force from next May – and how you can prepare. Furthermore, it teaches the employee about current data protection in the UK and what the individual’s new and enhanced data protection rights will be.

With the new and varied data controller and data processor responsibilities it is critical that all handlers of data are aware of processes that need to be implemented and what the penalties are for non-compliance. GDPR not only effects the business but the individuals working with data too.

The GDPR was agreed and approved by the EU on 16 April 2016, providing companies with over two years to adapt practices to meet the needs of the new requirements. Concerns are mounting for the many companies yet to respond to the series of significant updates highlighted in the new regulations. Worryingly a recent study by Crown Records Management stated that 24% of businesses are no longer preparing for GDPR. Despite Brexit, organisations will have to comply to avoid penalties, as the UK will not have formerly left the EU until sometime after its launch date. Failure to comply could be highly detrimental – a recent Veritas report highlighted that 1 in 5 businesses polled stated their business could go out of practice if fines for non-compliance were imposed.

As an act of good will, and appreciating the need for charities to ensure implementation of all changes to avoid unwanted penalties, Me Learning is exclusively offering this new course free to all UK charities – please see www.melearning.co.uk for further details or contact charity specialist, Kevin.patrick@melearning.co.uk directly.

Nick Richards, CEO at Me Learning comments, “More and more frequently we are reading about data breaches that can be intrusive, the cause of theft and are personally unsettling to say the least. GDPR is a welcome and much needed update to the outdated Data Protection Act but it’ll bring in big changes and if you’re not prepared the penalty fines will be significant. With GDPR just a year away our new must-have course provides a simple explanation as to what GDPR will entail and what you need to do now to make sure you’re fully compliant by 25 May next year.”