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Official Statement on the Wired article about House of Commons GDPR training


An article on wired.co.uk (https://www.wired.co.uk/article/gdpr-parliament-house-of-commons-cost-data-protection) gives undue focus to unsubstantiated claims about IT Governance’s GDPR training programme for the House of Commons.
IT Governance has released the following statement in response:
IT Governance has been delivering data protection training since 2010, in line with the UK Data Protection Act 1998.
We were one of the first organisations in the UK to develop and deliver General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) training, in 2016. In the past two years, we have trained about 10,000 people.
Before rolling out our training for MPs, we developed a workshop with a sample group of MPs’ assistants to fine-tune the training to their requirements.
We continue to adapt our materials in line with emerging guidance from supervisory authorities on implementation issues. When our client, the House of Commons, was able to get specific guidance from the ICO on several specific scenarios, we incorporated it into our material.
IT Governance understands that some concerns were voiced by attendees regarding advice allegedly given on constituency data collected before the general election, but a House of Commons investigation into this matter found no evidence to substantiate these claims.
The Speaker confirmed this on 15 May: “Despite vigorous inquiry yesterday by the House authorities and the contractor commissioned by the House authorities to support Members and their staff, no trace has been found by those responsible of such advice having been given.”
MPs were, understandably, always likely to challenge aspects of a bill that they are still in the process of debating in the House.
However, our client and the vast majority of MPs and constituency offices have expressed their satisfaction with what we’ve delivered for them – all for only £115 per office.
Ill-informed negative comments do not detract from the value of the work we have done.

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