We believe in privacy

As an accredited BCS and IAPP training partner, Freevacy is proud to be
regarded as one of the UK's leading independent AI and GDPR training providers

Freevacy is a specialist privacy, data protection and artificial intelligence training provider. Established in 2015, we deliver industry-recognised professional certifications and in-company culture awareness training services throughout the UK and Europe.

Accredited GDPR and data protection training

We believe professional development is essential if employees are to feel valued and supported in their role. Attending an accredited course, which also leads to a recognised qualification, builds the confidence and credibility of those who work hard to pass the final exam. It provides an opportunity to grow as individuals, to take on new responsibilities, and become leaders in the workplace.

Since the introduction of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), every organisation must determine the level of expert knowledge it needs to oversee its data processing operations. With the demand for experienced privacy professionals at an all-time high, it should come as no surprise employers are increasingly training existing staff with professional qualifications as the solution to this legal obligation.

It is for these reasons that we have chosen to partner with two of the most respected global examination bodies in the privacy arena. Working with the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and BCS, the Chartered Institute of IT, our professional certifications cover (UK & EU) GDPR law, privacy management, privacy engineering, information security and freedom of information. The breadth of our accredited training courses means we can develop the privacy skills of your employees from a legal, operational and technical perspective.

In-company privacy culture awareness services

We recognise that not every employee, team or department requires a professional certification. In these situations, instead of asking you to choose from a selection of pre-developed off-the-shelf courses. We can work with you to help you understand your learning needs, set realistic goals, and develop detailed training plans and timetables. We offer both train-the-trainer services and full role-based training delivery options. In doing so, we save you time and money by only focusing on the most relevant subject areas.

Training style and approach

We take an informal approach to information rights training. By this, we mean our data protection courses are relaxed and open, so everyone feels comfortable participating in subjects that can otherwise be quite dry. Our style suits professionals working in any business area with privacy management or governance, risk and compliance responsibilities as part of their day-to-day role, regardless of their level of experience or position. Our goal is to enable the people you have entrusted to manage your data handling operations to strike the right balance.

Our trainers emphasise real-world situations to examine the practical implications surrounding data protection compliance. We also believe privacy can be a powerful business differentiator and work with our clients to realise these benefits. The justification for operating a mature privacy programme with defined cultural values is that it demonstrates to all stakeholders how important they are, builds trust, mitigates losses from data breaches, and enables innovation and operational efficiencies. For commercial organisations, adopting a privacy-first approach can lead to a competitive advantage, reducing delays in the sales cycle and fewer lost sales.

Of course, we're still teaching privacy and data protection compliance, but exploring privacy management in this way increases adoption.

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If you are interested in finding out how we can develop the data handling skills of your team, or you would like to enquire about online data protection training to become an expert DPO, head over to our contact page and drop us a line.

What are information rights?

The term Information Rights relates to two areas of UK and EU law:

It covers the laws governing how organisations handle personal information about us.

  • Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (2003)
  • General Data Protection Regulation (2016)
  • Data Protection Act (2018)

And laws and practices that give us rights to access official information, often held by public bodies.

  • Freedom of Information Act (2000) & Scotland (2002)
  • Section 46 Code of Practice on Records Management
  • Environmental Information Regulations (2004)
  • INSPIRE Regulations (2009)
  • Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations (2015)

Our clients


BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection

The Foundation GDPR Certificate from the BCS is recommended for anyone involved in the collection, usage or protection of personal information.

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BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection

The GDPR Practitioner Certificate from the BCS is the leading industry qualification for UK focused DPOs and compliance professionals.

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DPA2018 Part 3 - Criminal Law Enforcement Processing

An interactive workshop examining the UK legal framework governing the processing and sharing of personal data for criminal law enforcement purposes.

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BCS Foundation Certificate in Information Security Management Principles

An internationally recognised foundation-level qualification from the BCs that demonstrates a core understanding of information security management.

BCS Practitioner Certificate in Information Risk Management

A practical approach to learning about information risk management in the context of current standards, including ISO 27001, 27005, and 31000.

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BCS Essentials Certificate in Artificial Intelligence

Develop an understanding of the basic principles of artificial intelligence, its benefits and risks, and the processes behind machine learning.

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BCS Foundation Certificate in Artificial Intelligence

Learn the general principles of ethical, trustworthy and sustainable AI and why organisations will be defined by how well they implement it.

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BCS Practitioner Certificate in Freedom of Information

This BCS Practitioner Certificate is the recognised qualification for individuals with information access responsibilities under the FOIA or EIR.

IAPP Certified Information Privacy Professional Europe

The CIPP/E is the essential IAPP certification for privacy professionals covering Europe's framework of laws, regulations and policies, most significantly the GDPR.

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IAPP Certified Information Privacy Manager

The CIPM is a unique qualification in privacy programme management from the IAPP that teaches DPOs and senior compliance professionals how to turn policies into accountability.

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IAPP Certified Information Privacy Technologist

The CIPT is an industry recognised qualification for IT professionals who require the technical skills and knowhow to implement comprehensive privacy compliant solutions.

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IAPP Certified Information Privacy Professional United States

The CIPP/US is an advanced IAPP certification for practitioners who require knowledge of the privacy laws and regulations in the United States at federal and state levels.

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Earning an official IAPP credential or BCS professional certification can make the difference when applying for a new job or internal promotion. The knowledge gained can add tens of thousands of pounds to your lifetime earnings. With demand for qualified professionals at an all-time high, there's never been a better time to be an AI or data protection practitioner.

Your employers benefit too by having qualified, competent personnel manage their data and digital information processes.

Freevacy has been shortlisted in the Best Educator category.
The PICCASO Privacy Awards recognise the people making an outstanding contribution to this dynamic and fast-growing sector.