New project: Support Training Activities on the Data Protection Reform (STAR)

Classroom by Vitor Antunes; CC: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, 2006 via FlickrWe are proudly announcing a new research project, STAR: Support Training Activities on the data protection Reform, launched in November 2017 with a kick-off meeting in Budapest. This 24-month project, co-funded by the European Union (EU) under its Rights, Equality and Citizenship programme (2014-2020), is coordinated by the Research Group on Law, Science, Technology & Society (LSTS) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), and brings together UK’s Trilateral Research Ltd and the Nemzeti Adatvédelmi és Információszabadság Hatóság (NAIH), the Hungarian Data Protection Authority (DPA).

The STAR project will support training activities of EU DPAs and Data Protection Officers (DPOs) on the EU data protection reform, especially on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR requires both to undertake training activities (Arts 57(1) and 39(1)(b)). The development of materials in isolation increases the overall costs, it risks undermining the harmonising effect of the Regulation, and it puts great pressure on consistency mechanisms. STAR will aim to provide with necessary and efficient training materials and resources by:

  1. formulating training topics in close cooperation with stakeholders,
  2. authoring training materials, and
  3. validating and testing them in pilot training sessions.

This output will be freely and publicly available in a digital form. Although STAR targets EU DPAs and DPOs,  it shall also benefit other privacy professionals in the EU and beyond.

STAR supports the legal obligations of DPAs and DPOs to undertake training activities and, in order to facilitate their work, will provide them with ready-made, easy-to-customise and easy-to-run training materials, easily adaptable to specific training situations. STAR will also provide to the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) with common training programmes (Art 70 GDPR). The main outputs are thus the training materials and resources themselves. While their exact format and nature will be refined in cooperation with stakeholders, the following will at least be included:

  1. Training scenarios for each training category,
  2. A Seminars’ Topics List, based on the training scenarios,
  3. Seminar Material for each one of the seminars,
  4. Webinars (selected from the Seminars’ Topics List),
  5. A training Handbook,
  6. A takeaway reference GDPR checklist, and
  7. a ten-point GDPR introductory list.

The STAR project writes itself into the legacy of several concluded research projects to which its partners have been previously involved, in particular both PHAEDRA projects (Improving Practical and Helpful cooperAtion betweEn Data Protection Authorities I and II; 2013-17) and ARCADES (Introducing dAta pRoteCtion AnD privacy issuEs at schoolS in the European Union; 2014-16). These projects aimed at, inter alia, recommending how to ensure smooth co-operation of DPAs – including how to work together to raise awareness about privacy and personal data protection (law) – or how to teach these matters to children.

The first press release of the newly launched STAR project is available here.

The website of the STAR project will be available in early January 2018 under project-star.eu. Please also follow project’s developments on Twitter at @projectSTAR_eu as well as on ResearchGate.

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