Data Protection in the Workplace

Started on April 6, 2020

The Data Protection Act,1998 governs data protection in the UK for the purpose of protecting the personal data of living people. The ICO, or Information Commissioners Office, is the supervisory authority of breaches in data security in the UK. The function of the ICO is to provide advise on data protection, make decisions on whether a breach has occurred and issue enforcement notices. They report directly to parliament.

The identity of an individual can be uncovered through their personal data. This includes name, address, NI number, driving licence and other formal documentation. There is an advanced category of information under the heading Sensitive Personal Information.  This information not only identifies a person but has the capability to change people’s perception, possibly limiting opportunities or damaging reputations. This data includes details on political opinions, health records, criminal records and financial status.

Individuals have Seven Rights Under the Data Protection Act, 1998.

They have the right to:

  1. have access to data held on them whether is be sensitive or not.
  2. prevent the processing of data held about them that is likely to cause distress or damage to themselves or third parties.
  3. prevent the processing of data for direct marketing purposes.
  4. of prevention in relation to automated decision making such as calculating credit worthiness.
  5. take action for compensation by contravention of the act by the data controller.
  6. apply to the court to enforce rectification.
  7. make a request to the ICO for any provision of the contravention of the act.

data protection training

Course Content

Our data protection course is introduced by detailing the benefits of good data protection. This includes protecting the rights of individuals and the reputation of companies. We look at the eight principles for processing data and extra principles that apply to sensitive personal data. The course continues by discussing the rights of individuals to requests access to data held  on them. These requests are called subject access requests, or SARs, which a companies have a month to respond.

You will learn the benefits of an organisation of having a Data Protection Policy and be giving details of what this policy should contain and how it is the responsibility of the Data Protection Officer and Data Controller to update and maintain it.   This document is also used to identify key security risks around the control, monitoring and handling of data.

The course discusses information on handling requests for personal information which are specific to small and medium sized firms. We introduce GDPR to conclude the course which was a consequence of the need for even tighter controls to data protection.

Course ContentModule
Benefits of Good Data Safety1
Rights and Conditions2
The Data Protection Act3
Data sharing and security4
Creating a data protection policy5
Putting it into practice6
Handling the requests for personal data7
Introduction to GDPR8
Course Assessment

Online assessment in data protection in the workplace training is carried out by a series of multiple choice questions. Candidates must answer 70% of the questions correctly to pass each module. We advise you to complete each module and answer the question before moving on to the next module. This provides a better learning experience because you will need to have knowledge from earlier modules to understand some of the material in the later modules. For those who complete the course successfully, a PDF certificate of the award is sent directly to your inbox.  Hard copies of the award are available on request.  The course takes 80 minutes of training to complete. This is course content only and does not cover the time it takes to answer questions.

Other related courses to data protection training offered by Agile Career Training Ltd are:

Introducing GDPR
Handling Information in a Care Setting