Privacy is good for business

As we enter into a new age of data protection regulation, it is now abundantly clear that the safeguarding of personal information has never been as necessary or as important as it is today.

One of the main benefits of following data protection best practice is that it will enable your business or public authority to develop long-term customer relationships built on trust. When you consider the opportunities to increase customer loyalty or see a rise in the number of referrals, to provide better healthcare or to develop smarter public services, it should come as no surprise that today's leading organisations are those with full respect for their data protection obligations.

To emphasise this point, the latest Privacy Maturity Benchmark Study from Cisco highlights how data privacy concerns can cause delays to the sales-cycle of up to 4-months. The UK average is 9.3 weeks. The report also identifies that the maturity of an organisations data protection processes directly correlates to the likelihood and the overall cost of a data breach.

While it is clearly not possible to eliminate all information risk, there are definite advantages to significantly reducing your areas of exposure. Improving your organisation's information handling processes will invariably result in enhanced protection. Against the backdrop of the most comprehensive shake-up to European data protection laws in over two decades, it makes good business sense to invest in your privacy practices and of course your people.

A new era in data protection

Both the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA2018) have now taken effect. This means all data processing activities involving personal information, conducted in the course of delivering either a product or service, must now be fully compliant. The scope of these new laws includes personal data belonging to your employees, alongside the end customer or service user, whether through a direct relationship or via a supplier agreement.  

By now, you should also have identified someone to maintain compliance moving forward. If not a mandatory appointed Data Protection Officer (DPO), then somebody who can fulfil your compliance obligations. Whichever path your organisation selects, the role requires adequate knowledge of the new legislation. Do you have such a person in place right now?

How Freevacy can help

We offer an informal and practical approach to data protection training and compliance. Our services are designed to help you meet your legal obligations by improving the way you and your employee's handle personal information in everyday situations.

In addition to GDPR, we deliver training on a wide range of information rights subjects covering a selection of UK and EU laws. 

What are information rights?

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

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)

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

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

Aren't we Leaving the EU?

On 24 October 2016, Secretary of State Karen Bradley MP confirmed: "We will be members of the EU in 2018, and therefore it would be expected and quite normal for us to opt into the GDPR and then look later at how best we might be able to help British business with data protection while maintaining high levels of protection for members of the public." In all likelihood, the GDPR is here to stay - so start preparing.

Our approach information rights training

Regardless of the particular set information rights' legislation or regulation in question, it is the education and training we deliver at Freevacy that will result in the substantial increase in compliance throughout your organisation.

Despite the legal nature of the subject matter, we choose to teach information rights from a practical perspective. Our expert trainers cover the same material; it's just that they deliver it with an emphasis towards real-world situations. The goal is to ensure participants learn the spirit of information rights, not just the letter of the laws. When your employees return to their regular responsibilities, they do so with a new perspective. Not only possessing the knowledge of what they need to do to comply with the law but also understanding the importance of why they need to.

We believe in professional development

Freevacy is accredited to deliver a range of recognised professional workplace qualifications from the BCS.

There are many advantages to investing in the professional development of your key employees. Our BCS certificated training courses are intended to not only expand on existing knowledge but to develop entirely new skills. They give attendees the confidence and credibility to take information acquired in the classroom and put into practice immediately upon returning to the workplace. Delivering a welcome boost to productivity, while raising the standards of compliance throughout your entire organisation in the process.

Custom compliance training

We recognise not every employee, team or department requires professional training. In these situations, instead of asking you to choose from a selection of pre-developed off-the-shelf courses, we work with you to prepare a bespoke training programme that meets your particular circumstances. In doing so, saving you time and money by only focusing on the most relevant subject areas.

About our Training Facilities

A modern, comfortable and informal learning environment

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    Joyce Allen

    Director of Training, and Founder

    In over ten years few have done more to transform Information Rights into a profession than Joyce Allen. Her belief in affordable, continual professional development through industry qualifications challenged the established order. Previously, the high cost of training and legal focus restricted widespread adoption. Joyce has been a trainer and course director for the British Computer Society since 2005. Today, over 1000 students have successfully completed their BCS training with her.

Our values

  • We privacy
    (we really do)
  • We are pro-freedom of expression
  • We believe in transparency and openness
  • We also appreciate the need for secrecy
  • It's about balance.

Our goal is to empower you and your team with the knowledge to strike the right balance.