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This training course is broken down into 2 sections

  1. 1 Background
  2. 2 The Regulation
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Processing Personal Data is what the GDPR is all about and so it’s important that you know what it’s referring to. In this section, we will provide some background information that you need to know about the GDPR, including personal data; processing; controllers, processors, and data subjects; and the Information Commissioner's Office.

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The Principles of the GDPR embody the spirit of the Regulation and so it’s important that you’re familiar with them. Following them is essential and failing to do so can result in some of the harshest fines allowed under the Regulation. There are 7 principles in total which we cover in this section.

About this course

Now that the UK's transition period (from leaving the EU) has ended, the EU GDPR has been brought into UK law and sits alongside other data protection laws and regulations.

Our UK GDPR Essentials Training provides employees with an understanding of their duties and responsibilities when it comes to processing personal data under the GDPR in the UK.

The GDPR has brought together years of different laws and regulations and combines them into a single technology-neutral piece of legislation which will form the foundation of data protection law for years to come.

This Essentials training is aimed at staff who need to follow the rules and policies that are laid out by the GDPR. In this course, staff will learn about personal data, the principles of the GDPR, individual rights and will use some scenario-based learning.

Download our free GDPR white paper for more information about the regulations and how it affects certain industry sectors. 

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The importance of GDPR UK Essentials Training

It’s important that you comply with the law and understand the positive impact this training course can have on your organisation and employees.

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Each of our courses ends with a multiple-choice test to measure your knowledge of the material.

This UK GDPR Essentials Training course concludes with a 20 question multiple-choice test with a printable certificate. In addition, brief in-course questionnaires guide the user through the sections of the training and are designed to reinforce learning and ensure maximum user engagement throughout.

As well as printable user certificates, training progress and results are all stored centrally in your LMS (Learning Management System) and can be accessed any time to reprint certificates, check and set pass marks and act as proof of a commitment to ongoing legal compliance.

What does my certificate include?

Your GDPR UK Essentials Training Certificate includes your name, company name (if applicable), name of course taken, pass percentage, date of completion, expiry date and stamps of approval or accreditations by recognised authorities.

Please note if you are using our course content via SCORM in a third party LMS then we are unable to provide certificates and you will need to generate these in your host LMS yourself.

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655 real user reviews

4.6 out of 5
Easy understable

This user gave this course a rating of 5/5 stars

Easy to follow

Very easy to follow and understand. Both presenter speaking, the visuals, transcript and the fact he gave real life examples that we could relate to. Had everything to accommodate everyone's learning style!

Unhelpful and irritating in the extreme

As with all these courses, the requirement to sit in front of each video is absolutely ridiculous. I hated it this year just as much as I have done in previous years. I want to be able to choose to learn from written materials, and not have to waste time watching videos. Really stressful and unhelpful.

A good informative course.

Some areas needed to be re-visited to understand fully.

Comprehensive and clear

Each section was clear, concise and summarised well.

A lot of notes to take in a short amount

The course itself was really, good... informative and used some good comparisons in order to relate but, there's no time for decent note taking and the summary at the end of each chapter is very brief. Otherwise... really good.

Much better than other online training

Very professional looking, especially the videos. I think more interactive elements would help make this more engaging.

overall informative

engaging although at times felt a little heavy with information overload.

Why is this training important?


It's important that you comply with the law and know the ways in which it affects you and the way you work.

In May 2018, the EU GDPR came into effect. At the same time, the UK also introduced a new Data Protection Act. This sat alongside the GDPR and set out certain provisions which the GDPR allowed countries to decide for themselves. 

On 31st January 2020, the UK enacted the Withdrawal Agreement which, among other things, signalled the UK's exit from the EU and entry into a transition period. During the transition period, all EU laws, including the GDPR, continued to apply. However, to avoid any problems at the end of the transition period, the Agreement also introduced the UK GDPR. This was a combination of the EU GDPR and the Data Protection Act which tweaked the European Regulation to make it relevant to the UK. During the transition period, both the EU and UK GDPR were in effect in the UK until the end of the transition when just the UK GDPR remained.

Today, both GDPRs are in effect in their own areas; the EU GDPR across the European Union and the wider European Economic Area and the UK GDPR in the UK. 

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