GDPR Training for Employees

With the Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) firmly in effect, organizations are transitioning from initial to ongoing compliance efforts. As many businesses have found, the EU’s “data protection laws are national but in the online environment, data does not respect borders.”(1) GDPR applies to any business that collects personal or sensitive data about any EU citizen, whether the business has a presence in the EU or not, and no matter where the services are provided. This provision initially caught many international companies off-guard, but the threat of high fines has encouraged most to localize operations or adjust their data security practices.

GDPR applies to any business that collects personal or sensitive data about any EU citizen, whether the business has a presence in the EU or not, and no matter where the services are provided. This provision initially caught many international companies off-guard, but the threat of high fines has encouraged most to localize operations or adjust their data security practices.

The GDPR greatly expands the rights and protections granted to European citizens with regards to privacy control over to any personally identifiable information (PII) by unifying and strengthening all previous data protection directions from EU member countries. In addition to setting policies and frameworks for all personal data handling, GDPR requirements state that organizations must obtain consent for any processing of personal data. This applies to both customer data AND employee data, thus affecting multiple aspects of any business.

GDPR compliance training for employees plays a crucial role in ensuring that companies maintain compliance with GDPR requirements. Although many of the requirements can be met with technological solutions, GDPR compliance is a business project, not just an IT or security project. When a company does business with citizens of the EU, every employee shares responsibility for protecting their personally identifiable information (PII). In addition, since GDPR compliance also encompasses employee data, virtually all departments of a business play a role in meeting the data privacy requirements.

GDPR compliance training from GLS focuses on this shared responsibility and teaches learners to:

•        Articulate the purpose of GDPR

•        Define personal data and sensitive personal data under GDPR

•        Explain key processes needed to protect personal data, including consent requirement and breach reporting

•        Describe the responsibilities of an individual within the organization under GDPR

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 7101 takes a two-path approach to GDPR training for employees, allowing them to choose a traditional or game-based path through the same content.

Gamification increases learners’ motivation to take and complete the GDPR training, while also boosting their retention of the material. Learners who have completed gamified courses also score higher on knowledge assessments than those who took a more traditional learning route. Adding gamification to GDPR compliance training increases the likelihood that learners will understand the material and internalize the critical nature of following GDPR requirements. This particular game increases GDPR awareness by using scenarios to demonstrate GDPR concepts, and presents them via an electronic version of a traditional game board. Each stop on the game board presents specific information and a regulatory problem to solve to help learners apply the relevant GDPR regulations.

On the other hand, some people feel that a gaming approach makes light of serious content and is not professional. For this audience, the course also offers a traditional approach to presenting the same content. Learners may choose to complete the GDPR training via a traditional text-based eLearning interface with comprehension questions interspersed throughout the course and a final test of 10 multiple choice questions. This version also meets GDPR training requirements and provides employees all relevant information.

Global Learning Systems offers an engaging and informative eLearning course that provides employees with the critical knowledge necessary for GDPR compliance. Whether you choose a gamified or non-gamified version, learners are encouraged to analyze data-handling situations and make choices in accordance with GDPR guidelines.

Duration: 25 minutes

References:
1 Eurpoean Data Protection Supervisor (2019). Data Protection. Retrieved from https://edps.europa.eu/data-protection/data-protection_en
Resources
Ahmed, A. (2018, May 2). Employee Data Privacy in the GDPR Era: What You Should Know.  Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/ashikahmed/2018/05/02/employee-data-privacy-in-the-gdpr-era-what-you-should-know/#319f64e65c5c

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