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

Freevacy is an information rights learning and development specialist. Established in 2015, with a training facility and headquarters in Bedfordshire, we deliver our professional workplace qualifications, and custom training services throughout the whole of the UK.

Accredited 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 GDPR, every organisation is expected to determine the necessary 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 that 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 BCS and IAPP, we offer a range of certificated information rights courses to fulfil all your GDPR learning needs.

Custom courses

We recognise that 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, 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 courses are relaxed and open so everyone feels comfortable participating in subjects that can otherwise be quite dry. Our trainers prefer to examine the practical implications surrounding compliance, rather than focus solely on developing a legal understanding. We cover the same material, of course. It's just that we deliver it with an emphasis on real-world situations. We do this to ensure attendees learn about ethical data use and not just the letter of the laws. In addition to gaining essential knowledge about how to implement and comply with the law, our delegates also understand why it is of such great importance. 

Our style is suited to professionals from any background who have information 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.  

Find out more

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 training to become a 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)
  • Privacy Shield (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 team

Joyce Allen

In over fifteen 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 2003. Today, over 1000 students have successfully completed their BCS training with her. Joyce Allen at Linkedin

A modern, comfortable and informal learning environment

Freevacy work hard to secure our IT systems and your data against cyber attack. We have been awarded Cyber Essentials certification by The National Cyber Security Centre, part of GCHQ and have signed up to the ICO's "Your Data Matters" campaign.