The Project

The Project

Although GDPR crystallizes the European legislation on the protection regarding to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, there is no common European framework on skills and competences needed in data protection Sector. As a result, business Sector is facing a rising skills mismatch between data protection officers/employees across European countries with different occupational profile on skills and competences and most importantly, different level of legislation/integration on data protection.

Hence, European companies and SMEs are facing an urgent need to quickly adapt to the new data protection landscape and increase their workforce ability to perform within this new environment, keeping a cost-effective procedure.

In this context the project will address the following challenges:

1. Business continuity risk and the cost of non-compliance to GDPR.

Viruses, data breach, hacking, accidental data release, deletion and corruption jeopardize business continuity and publish personal data. At the same time, organizations can be fined up to 4% of annual global turnover for breaching GDPR or €20 Million. The extended jurisdiction of the GDPR regardless of the company’s location, make it clear that both data controllers and processors should be well-equipped with knowledge and skills.

2. VET education curricula and WBL Schemes will have to adapt to digitalised Europe.

The transformation of current VET Training on data protection into a more demand led, attractive and appealing profile will result to the improvement of key competencies and skills level of DPOs.

3. Advanced training needs for current data protection employees.

The new data protection area is thriving for professionals that are provided with adequate tools and training resources in order to reassure the sustainability of the services provided.

4. Complex legalese language used in data protection Sector will have to be “translated” into an intelligible and easily accessible way.

Companies will no longer be able to use long legal terms and conditions full of legalese. Thus, data controlling, and processing will have to adapt to a more clear and plain language.