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DLA Piper Launches Training Academy Preparing Businesses for Stringent New GDPR Law

Posted: 9th May 2017

DLA Piper in Scotland has launched a Data Protection Officer Training Academy to help businesses avoid hefty fines when a new data protection law comes into force next year.

The law firm is the first in the country to offer an initiative of this type dedicated to training organisations that collect, manage or handle personal data to mitigate identify fraud and reduce opportunistic cyber-attacks.

During a two-day accredited course, taking place in Edinburgh on 5 – 6 June, 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, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), effective from May 2018.

GDPR introduces a stringent new regime for the collection, storage and use of personal data, including severe penalties for misuse. It carries some of the very highest sanctions for non-compliance, including revenue based fines of up to 4 per cent 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.

For more information about DLA Piper’s Data Protection Officer Training Academy including how to attend, contact

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