GDPR and L&D – preparing to take a lead

L&D is needed to support the biggest change to data protection laws in 20 years.

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) is an EU law scheduled to go into force in May 2018. It builds upon the Data Protection act of 1998 and includes some of the tightest controls on the use of personal data in the world.

The nature of today’s information-led businesses and the risk of severe consequences for non-compliance, means the GDPR has impact at the board level and then applies all the way to the shop floor at nearly every business in Europe. Keeping your learners up to date on what’s going to change and how the business is going to achieve these changes is an important a role for L&D teams.

A survey of IT professionals by Dell showed the majority of organisations don’t have a plan in place and many didn’t know the basic details of the regulations. But even the most prepared companies will need help from L&D teams to implement and communicate their plans for the new regulations.

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