Understanding Data Protection and GDPR Compliance

Short Course
Duration: 1 day   /   Level: General   /   Suitable for in-house

One year on - everything you need to know on data protection legislation, ensuring you are GDPR compliant and how it applies to key HR activities.



Dates and Availability

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18 March 2020
Duration: 1 day
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£490.00 + VAT Book places now
17 June 2020
Duration: 1 day
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£490.00 + VAT Book places now

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The UK’s data protection legislation was updated in 2018 by the Data Protection Act 2018, which included activating the EU’s General Data Protection Regulations.

The scope of the new legislation is wider than previously and the penalties for getting things wrong are bigger. One year into GDPR and we know that many more people are now aware of their rights and exercise them. Whether that is Subject Access Requests from employees or scrutiny of selection processes by new staff, managing data is at the heart of many core HR activities.

The one-day Understanding Data Protection Course covers the legal principles on collecting, processing and retaining data and how they are applied to specific HR tasks such as recruitment, monitoring staff and employee records. The course also includes some of the most recent case law and guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office to help interpret the new legislation. The programme is busy and active. Expect to be working with others, applying the law to real problems and really preparing yourself to help your organisation comply with the regulations and legislation in this area.

Course Tutors

Mr James Bryan

James Bryan has spent over 25 years working in learning, human resources and organisational development including time as a director in the NHS; on a Borough senior management team in the Metropolitan Police and leading education for the RNLI at the Lifeboat College. He currently shares his time between heading up the organisational development department at City, University of London, managing a consulting and training business and leading a community interest organisation providing leadership development to young people and adults in uniformed youth organisations.


James has qualifications in occupational psychometric testing, organisational development and workplace mediation and is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute. His research interests include leadership and followership in voluntary organisations and gender equality. James has received a Herbert Lott Naval Trust award for his contribution to training in the Royal Navy and became a Freeman of the City of London in 2014.

Who is it for

HR practitioners looking for data protection training and updates in GDPR protection law that are responsible for employment law issues within their organisation. No prior knowledge of data protection law is required.


By the end of the Understanding Data Protection and GDPR Compliance course, you'll be able to:


  • understand new data regulation updates
  • advise stakeholders in your organisation on data protection legislation
  • understand the issues that need to be covered in relevant policies and procedures for your organisation
  • address HR specific data handling issues and risks such as recruitment, managing records and monitoring email or internet activity
  • apply the legislation to common problem scenarios.




  • The legal framework
  • Terminology
  • Application concepts
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • What happens when it goes wrong?
  • Lessons learned (so far) from GDPR
  • Specific HR challenges: recruitment, employee monitoring, health records, subject access, etc
  • Data related case law
  • Where to look for help

Run this programme in-house

Understanding Data Protection and GDPR Compliance can also be provided in house. You choose where and when you want our trainers to deliver. We can also tailor the programme to suit your precise organisation needs. To speak to our customer services team about your particular requirements, call us on +44 (0)20 8612 6202.

Got a question?

Speak to one of our highly knowledgeable course advisers on ​ +44 (0)20 8612 6202​ .



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