Data Protection and the GDPR (Level 1)

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  • Certified by CPD
  • Audio voiceover
  • Approximate course duration 1-2 Hours
  • Downloadable certificate on completion

Our Level 1 Data Protection and the GDPR online training course gives an overview of the purpose and scope of the GDPR. The course describes how the regulations protect personal data, and how they affect organisations and individuals. The course also explains the data protection principles and data subject rights.

This course incorporates guidance provided by the Information Commissioner’s Office and the EU’s Article 29 Working Party. It identifies key differences between the requirements of the GDPR and the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) that it replaces.

Other online Data Protection Courses

Data Protection and the GDPR Level 2 online training. Please note: Data Protection and the GDPR Level 2 training covers all the material in Level 1.

Who is Data Protection and the GDPR training for?

The Level 1 course is suitable for all individuals who need to be aware of the data protection regulations and how personal data must be treated, but whose work does not involve access to sensitive personal data.

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When do I get my Data Protection and the GDPR certificate?

When you have successfully passed the course you will be able to download and print your certificate straight away.

All of our courses conform to the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) guidelines and have been accredited by the CPD Certification Service. Your certificate will include the CPD logo and therefore, you can use it to provide evidence for compliance.

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What does the Data Protection and the GDPR course cover?

The online course contains the following 7 topics:

1 – Background to the GDPR

The first topic describes the background to the GDPR. You will learn about why it is necessary to protect personal data. The topic identifies where and when the GDPR applies.

2 – Personal data covered by the GDPR

The second topic describes the categories of personal data covered by the GDPR. You will learn about the difference between personal data and sensitive personal data. The topic also covers online identifiers, which are personal data in some circumstances.

3 – How personal data is protected by the GDPR

The third topic outlines the purpose of the GDPR and identifies who is responsible for enforcing the GDPR. You will learn about what information you must register with the ICO. The topic also defines some important terms – Data Controller, Data Processor and Data Subject.

4 – The 7 data protection principles

Topic 4 describes the seven data protection principles of the GDPR.

5 – The 8 rights of data subjects

Topic 5 outlines eight data subject rights with examples. You will learn about what can happen when you ignore a data subject’s rights.

6 – Exemptions and partial exemptions

In topic 6 you will learn about the categories of data that are exempt or partially exempt under the GDPR. The topic also identifies what is meant by a derogation from the GDPR.

7 – Data breaches and the GDPR

The final topic defines the concept of a personal data breach. You will learn when to report breaches and who to report to.


Once you have completed the seven topics, you will be allowed to take the assessment. The online course generates an assessment from question banks so that the questions change each time a candidate takes the assessment. This makes the training suitable for initial and refresher training.

There is no limit on the number of attempts at the assessment. In addition, the training course gives informative feedback so candidates can learn from incorrect responses.

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