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From the 25th of May, TQUK will be adopting several measures to ensure compliance with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force. We’re sure many of our centres will have questions regarding GDPR, so we wanted to provide an overview to help you get started and understand what this new regulation involves. Whilst we’re more than happy to offer advice, we would certainly recommend seeking additional advice from other relevant organisations.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new regulation being implemented by the European Parliament, Council of the European Union and the European Commission in order to strengthen various data protections for individuals living in the European Union and address various concerns around the export of data outside the European Union. The regulation will apply to all organisations that collect personal data of any kind. It will not require national governments to pass any enabling legislation. Some of you might be wondering how Brexit affects GDPR. The UK government has confirmed its support for the commencement of GDPR.

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The definition of ‘data’ was made as broad as possible. According to the European Commission, ‘personal data is any information relating to an individual, whether it relates to his or her private, professional or public life. It can be anything from a name, a home address, a photo, an email address, bank details, posts on social networking sites, medical information or a computer’s IP address’. The regulation also applies to organisations based outside the EU if they collect or process personal information of EU residents.

Rather than a negative, we're sure you’ve seen some of the news stories regarding the subject, we’re viewing GDPR an excellent opportunity to build upon our previous data protection policies and support a long overdue change in the way personal data is processed. To support this, you will notice, largely among our newly launched systems, new information procedures and policies. We will also be asking centres to undertake a resigning of their centre agreement which is designed to safeguard TQUK, our centres and all personal data subjects involved. 

Part of this process means that most of you will need to opt-in to the TQUK mailing list again in order to receive the latest news on:

  • Qualifications
  • Apprenticeships
  • Manuals and resources
  • Office updates
  • TQUK events

Of course, you are welcome to opt-out and avoid receiving updates from us, but we really wouldn't want you to miss out on all the latest news from the office as we grow through 2018 and beyond. And we only send news and updates which we believe are of genuine interest and importance to our TQUK approved training centres, family and friends - no spam!