Data Protection qualifications for six States of Jersey staff members

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Five States of Jersey employees, along with a member of staff from Ports of Jersey, have recently passed the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection qualification, which means they are now fully up-to-date with the requirements of the European Data Protection Directive and the Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2005.

Julie Hinault (Taxes Office), Karen Wellman (Social Security), Andy Cousins (States of Jersey Police), Tracey Fullerton (Health and Social Services), Susie Gomes (Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture) and Claire Brown (Ports of Jersey) had to complete five days of training and pass an exam to qualify.

The Practitioner Certificate (PC.dp) is the practical qualification for those who work in the fields of data protection and privacy. Those holding the qualification will be instrumental in the practical implementation of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into force on 25 May 2018.

Governance Officer for Social Security, Karen Wellman, said, “It has been a good experience to spend time with colleagues from different departments working in this area, so as well as now being formally qualified, I have also gained a good network of likeminded people with whom I can liaise. I would recommend the course, and with the introduction of GDPR, think that this is important to ensure confidence with compliance in this very important area for all businesses.

The Commissioner extends her congratulations to all of them, who join Colin Renouf from States of Jersey Police and Mel Pardoe from Education, who already hold this qualification.