Principles of Data Protection Essential Insights

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Examine the laws that protect people’s personal data in the workplace and the importance of handling such information ethically and legally.


60-90 minutes

Online self-directed

Essential Insights


Free for CIPD members and Core Learning Subscribers.

Data protection is about safeguarding important personal information and making sure it is used properly and legally and is kept secure. It impacts many roles in the people profession and activities, including recruitment, performance monitoring and administration.

Data protection laws protect individuals from misuse and give them control over their personal data. As the workplace and working practices change and processes become digitised, laws are evolving. Employers must stay up to date with the latest developments and be aware of the consequences of their actions. The course will focus on aspects of UK legislation; however, the principles of the course can be applied globally.

This Essential Insights course aims to support people professionals in exploring the principles of data protection, why it’s important and why everyone needs to act responsibly and consistently when handling personal information. The course will explore the role and duties of people professionals and will look at how organisations are dealing with data protection governance in the ever-changing world of work.

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You already have access to the features and benefits of the Core Learning Subscription, which includes this course, as part of your membership, access it here.


The purpose of this course is to:

  • explore the definition of data protection in the modern-day workplace
  • outline the role of people professionals in data protection
  • list practical steps for people professionals to protect data at the workplace

Is this course right for me?

This course offers top-level insight into data protection principles and the responsibilities of people professionals to act according to their local legislation. Its practical focus will enable learners to interpret governance in their context and understand the potential consequences of actions. No legal knowledge is required.

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