Data Protection Act Online Training Course

Data Protection & Security Act Training Online
£25 +VAT

This online data protection course is designed to help businesses and individuals comply with the essential principles of the current Data Protection Act 1998 and the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The course explains what is expected of people who handle personal data, including information on how to keep data secure, what to do if data is lost and how to handle subject access requests. The course also includes a module about the new EU GDPR legislation that will replace the Data Protection Act as of May 25th, 2018, and explains what is required by businesses under the new regulations.

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  • Developed by a qualified finance professional
  • Accredited by CPD
  • Fully online course and assessment with no time limits
  • Full audio voiceover
  • Approximate duration: 2 hours
  • On completion, certificate is posted the next working day

Who should take this online Data Protection training course?

This course is suitable for anyone who handles personal information, either through manual or computer-held records. The Data Protection Act applies to any business or individual that uses or holds personal data and there can be severe penalties if the legislation is not adhered to.


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On successful completion of the course you will be sent a quality assured certificate through the post the next working day. This can be used to provide evidence for compliance and audit.

All of our courses are accredited by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

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The course is divided into five accessible, interactive modules and includes an assessment at the end:

  • Introduction – the background of data protection, key definitions and exemptions from the Data Protection Act.
  • The Eight Principles of Data Protection – an explanation of each of the eight principles of the Data Protection Act.
  • Data Security and Subject Rights – the importance of data security, real life cases, what is expected of businesses, how to deal with lost data and subject access requests and data subjects’ rights.
  • Sharing Data and Penalties – registering with the ICO, sharing data securely, transferring data within and outside of the EEA, marketing communications, potential penalties and the ICO’s involvement.
  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – key changes, application, Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations, your responsibilities, privacy by design and default, pseudonymisation, consent, individuals' rights and enforcing the regulations.
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Aims of the Data Protection course

By the end of this course learners will:

  • Understand the background and purpose of the Data Protection Act 1998.
  • Understand what the 8 principles of data protection are and understand how they relate to the workplace.
  • Know what is expected of businesses in respect to data security, including the penalties for those who break the law.
  • Know what rights data subjects have under the Data Protection Act.
  • Understand more about the forthcoming changes to data protection legislation.


The online assessment is taken on completion of the training material. You will be asked 20 multiple choice questions with a pass mark of 75%. The answers are marked automatically so you will instantly know whether you have passed. If you don't pass don't worry! You can take the test as many times as you need with no extra charge.

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