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UConn Leads Nation in Data Privacy Training

The University of Connecticut is only the eleventh organization in the nation, and the first institution of higher education, to be certified to offer training for Data Protection Officers in the wake of the European Union’s new data privacy regulations.

The General Data Protection Regulation, known as GDPR, is a new privacy law that impacts companies that do business with the European Union. If those companies receive or exchange personal data, they must be in compliance with this regulation.

The goal of the regulation, which took effect May 25, 2018, is to better safeguard personal data. To be in compliance with the law, each business, regardless of size, must designate a Data Protection Officer, also known as a DPO.

“UConn offers a pathway for its stakeholders to be compliant with what is a very complex new regulation,” said Debbie Gunzelman, director for non-credit programs at the Connecticut Information Technology Institute (CITI), part of UConn’s School of Business in Stamford. “Without a designated DPO, companies that handle sensitive data won’t be able to engage in business with the European Union.”

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