Data Security and Protection Overview



The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most important change in data privacy regulation over two decades. We now have powerful processing devices sitting in the palms of our hands (mobiles, tablets, laptops) and the computing power to process billions of pieces of data in countless formats. As well as this, the birth of social media and an ever developing internet means that data protection is more important now than ever before.

Key Facts

Brief History of data protection and the GDPR

1940s - The first legal protection of privacy

The first legal protection of privacy was ordered in the European Convention of Human Rights. More specifically within Article 8, this provided the foundation of modern privacy laws you’d be familiar with today.

1980s - Convention for the Protection of Individuals

Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data was set out by the EU in order to ensure free flow of data throughout the EU without infringing on individuals privacy. This was the minimum standard set for privacy laws throughout the EU.

1980s - 2000s - Updates

Whist legislation such as the UK Data Protection Act had been updated since the 80s this was still the reference point for EU countries despite a much more technology influenced reality, that the convention could not predict.

Now - GDPR and Data Protection Act

In 2014 the Eupian Parliament demonstrated strong support for the GDPR, the enactment followed in 2016 where it was then again voted for in high favor. EU then were given two years to ensure that it was fully implemented across eu countries and a deadline of 25th of May 2018 was given.

Aims of this eLearning Course

In this course you will gain knowledge and understanding of these topics: