An introduction to GDPR: storing and processing data

We all have to comply with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), even after Brexit. This is because GDPR doesn’t only apply to businesses in the EU. The regulations also apply to organisations outside the EU who wish to trade or provide services to companies, organisations or people within the EU.

GDPR applies to both personal data and sensitive personal data. The legislation sets out data protection principles and highlights all responsibilities for organisations.


The controller and processor

GDPR is in place to tell us how to handle the data that we collect, store and use. The regulations state that there are two key roles when it comes to handling data: the controller and the processor.

A processor is responsible for processing personal data on behalf of a controller. Meanwhile, a controller determines the purposes and means of processing personal data.

GDPR places specific legal obligations on processors, who must maintain all records of personal data and all processing activities for this data. If you are a processor and a breach occurs concerning this data, then you and your company or organisation may be held accountable under GDPR.

If you are a controller, you have the ultimate responsibility. You must oversee data processing to ensure your company or organisation follows all processes and policies relating to GDPR and fully complies with the regulations.

ETD’s GDPR Course

For more information on what you need to do to comply with the regulations, you can purchase ETD’s online course. Follow these five simple steps to get started.

·         Create a free company account or single user account, selecting the £12+ VAT payment scheme.

·         Purchase your user accounts using the online Elavon platform.

·         For company accounts, create your user accounts (using unique usernames) and activate each user by pressing the ‘activate’ button.

·         Purchase your online training by selecting the courses that you require. Ticking a course will instantly assign it to the user’s account.

·         Once the courses have been assigned, single users can access the course under ‘my courses’. Company users can log into their account, go to ‘my courses’ and start the training.

If you require any assistance with the online training, please contact our support team, who will be happy to help.