T4DATA: the effects of activities summarized and the agreement on further cooperation signed
Although the implementation of the project "T4DATA - Training Data Protection Authorities and Data Protection Officers" is coming to an end, its results will also be disseminated in 2020 by the project’s partners. This was the conclusion of their final meeting which took place on 14 and 15 November 2019 in Rome.
The members of the consortium summarized the activities and effects of cooperation, exchanged experiences and good practices, and signed a document entitled Memorandum of Cooperation regarding further activities.
One and a half years of applying the provisions of the GDPR allows for the assessment of the effects of the EU data protection reform and allow for the presentation of the positions in this respect - emphasized in her speech Urszula Góral, Director of the International Cooperation and Education Department at UODO, during an international conference entitled "Rising to the challenge: a look at data protection and beyond" organized within the framework of the T4DATA just to end this initiative. The event was not only an opportunity to discuss the current legal status we face in relation to the application of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), but also to discuss the challenges facing data protection officers.
Two years of the implementation of the "T4DATA" project by UODO and supervisory authorities from Italy, Spain, Croatia and Bulgaria enabled to produce educational materials and conduct undertakings for data protection officers from the public sector, such as the Data Protection Officer Handbook or educational platforms with webinars for data protection officers. These materials provide valuable support in the process of applying GDPR. During the Rome conference, the T4DATA project partners presented national experiences from the implementation of this undertaking.
In their countries, project partners organized 21 local trainings which were attended by over four thousands of data protection officers. Five educational platforms for DPOs from the public sector have also been created, where project partners provide webinars on various aspects of the application of the GDPR. In total, in partner countries, nearly seven thousands of logins to educational platforms have been recorded which together offer over 120 hours of lectures.
As for national experience, DPOs from public entities can use the platform available at https://t4data.uodo.gov.pl/. In addition, UODO organized four local trainings for DPO which are available on the said platform. Anna Dudkowska, coordinator of the T4DATA project at UODO, emphasized that The time needed to complete the tasks related to the T4DATA project was filled by intensive work, especially as regard webinars and organization of local trainings for DPO. Fortunately, the effort paid off and we can be satisfied with the already achieved results, which are very helpful in the education of data protection officers.
Although the T4DATA project will formally end in early January 2020, thanks to the memorandum signed in Rome, project participants will continue to disseminate the results of this initiative. Therefore, in the coming year, educational materials for DPOs, such as the webinar platform and local trainings recordings, will be made available to subsequent groups of data protection officers which have this function in public administration. Works are also underway on developing six language versions of the Data Protection Officer Handbook - including the Polish version.