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GDPR – these four letters strike terror into boardrooms across the UK. The EU’s General Data Protection Regulations come into effect on May 25 2018. GDPR will revolutionise how businesses and the public sector collect, store and use sensitive personal data. Despite Brexit, GDPR will dominate the data protection landscape. The UK Government will enshrine GDPR in law in its Data Protection Bill early in 2018.

The Information Commissioner’s Office has published detailed guidance on GDPR and companies are putting vast effort into their preparations. This includes privacy impact assessments and information audits. Major data cleansing exercises require new infrastructure and processes – to capture consent and to document the legal basis for storing data. New procedures are needed to manage subject access requests and to handle data breaches. Data breaches now have to be reported to the Information Commissioner within 72 hours.

The stakes are high. The financial penalties for a breach are up to 4% of global turnover or £20m, whichever is higher. That dwarfs the biggest fine levied under current data protection legislation – the £400,000 fine for TalkTalk last year. No wonder top-notch Data Protection Officers can command salaries that would make a University vice chancellor blush!

But whilst May 25 2018 is inscribed on corporate calendars, GDPR is not a one-off event. GDPR means a fundamental change in business culture. It requires employees to think differently about the privacy and data protection implications of everything they do. Particularly for organisations with large numbers of first response staff, there’s a real and ongoing risk.

Big systems failures will always grab the headlines. But the major risk is likely to be hard pressed staff overlooking data protection implications; or not following correct procedures in handling data breaches.

That’s where immersive learning can make a huge difference. Traditional classroom training and most e-learning courses rely on transmitting information that the student has to remember. But Droman Solutions’ immersive learning platform is different. It’s transforming the delivery of training.

Droman Solutions’ interactive approach can train large numbers of people in a dynamic, intuitive and engaging way. It’s a cost-effective and efficient means to learn new skills, and develop, test and refresh their knowledge on an ongoing basis.

Alastair Merrill


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