Content Clear and NKCC – Perfect Harmony!

NKCC is proud to be working together with Content Clear to extend our portfolio of services to Data Protection.

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One reason for working together are the big changes that the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will have next year on all businesses and organisations that collect or hold information about living people. This is important because not a day goes by now without some news story about people’s personal information being shared inadvertently, or a cyber attack meaning your personal records may have been compromised.

Who is Content Clear?

Content Clear is a specialist provider of practical training, consultancy and services focusing on data protection law. Based on many years of teaching and training experience it aims to help all types of organisations understand the basics of data protection. All trainers are qualified Data Protection Practitioners (formerly known as ISEB) certified by the British Computer Society, and have over a decade of experience working in the field of compliance, report writing and training. In addition to this we have project management experience and are PRINCE2 qualified.

Where does data protection law have its origin?

It’s roots originated in Article 12 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states:

No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

This, combined decades later with the growth in use of computers, and the threat to personal privacy that rapid manipulation of data poses, saw the Council of Europe Convention (1981) and the first UK data protection act in 1984. The UK is currently regulated by the 1998 Data Protection Act, and from May 2018 the new General Data Protection Regulation will come into force across all of the European Union, including the UK. Maximum fines for breaches will increase a staggering 3500% to approximately £18 million or 4% of annual global turnover, whichever the larger.

What does data protection law cover?

In the way that copyright law covers, all forms of creative expression, data protection covers all uses of personal information that relate to an identifiable living person – including opinions about them.

Isn’t that a huge scope?

Yes it is. Data protection and use of personal data covers any instance where information relating to an identifiable living person is used. It therefore covers many things from marketing, journalism, big data, health research and use of records through to crime prevention, education, human resources and increasingly digitization of 20th century materials by archives, libraries and universities.

What services does Content Clear and NKCC offer?

We work with you to create bespoke, PowerPoint free, interactive and easy to understand learning packages designed with your particular organisation’s needs in mind. Balancing legal theory, with real-life examples and discussions, we make the very complex and constantly evolving field of data protection law understandable to all, including those without any prior experience of it.

We know we have to be ready by 2018 for the implementation of the new Data Protection Regulation but staff know very little about data protection.

We can help in many different ways.  We can run training so newcomers can understand the basics of the law and are then able to identify hot spot data protection areas to look out for. We have a reputation for providing accessible teaching in topics like copyright and data protection which can be very complicated. Our workshops are dynamic and interactive and our trainers are empathetic so that the course resonates even with people who know nothing about data protection. We can carry out compliance audits, and recommend how to build in data protection compliant workflows that will help your organisation comply with the law. This is required by the new data protection regulation and is known as “privacy by design.”

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