DLA Piper launches Scotland’s only training for new GDPR law

Firm rolls out General Data Protection Regulation training academy

DLA Piper has become the first law firm in Scotland to launch a training academy to prepare businesses for stringent new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law.
The firm, whose Scottish HQ is in Edinburgh, is rolling out a two-day accredited course dubbed the Data Protection Officer Training Academy in Edinburgh on 5 & 6 June to help businesses avoid hefty fines when the new data protection law comes into force next year.
It’s the first in the country to offer an initiative of this type dedicated to training organisations which collect, manage or handle personal data to mitigate identify fraud and reduce opportunistic cyber-attacks.
During the two-day course, senior members of DLA Piper’s global Data Protection Privacy and Information Security group, along with renowned industry experts, will educate and up-skill businesses on new EU law GDPR effective from May 2018.
DLA Piper says GDPR introduces a stringent new regime for the collection, storage and use of personal data, including severe penalties for misuse. It’s also thought to carry some of the highest sanctions for non-compliance, including revenue based fines of up to 4% of annual worldwide turnover.
Head of DLA Piper’s Intellectual Property and Technology UK practice John McKinlay said: “Compliance with GDPR is going to mean all companies will have to alter their data security practices, with many having to make radical changes to ensure their current policy and protocol is extremely stringent.

“It will become compulsory for businesses to be able to demonstrate how they comply with GDPR by showing that they genuinely take data privacy obligations seriously. Failure to meet these requirements will mean expensive fines.

“The new law comes into force in one year, which isn’t long for companies that have to adopt an entirely new data security and management system across the whole organisation.”
The Academy, which DLA Piper also successfully delivered in Brussels and London recently, covers topics including how to reduce the risk of data breaches, what to do if a breach takes place, handling complaints and how to respond to regulatory investigations.
Following the course, participants will be armed with the necessary knowledge of relevant legal, technical and operational skills to successfully fulfil the role of a Data Protection Officer.  They’ll also receive a comprehensive toolkit comprising supporting guidance notes and template documents to use in the role.
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