Sorting GDPR through
Award-winning game developer, Jason
Butler, looks at why learning games are a
potent tool for organisations as they
prepare the workforce for GDPR - the
biggest shake up in data protection laws
in a generation.
The British government recently released the
results of a survey on how organisations are
getting ready for the introduction of General
Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on 25
May 2018. It didn't make for cheery reading.
To paraphrase, the Cyber Security Breaches
Survey found that just 38% of companies
polled were aware of GDPR. Admittedly, it
was only a small sample, but there's no
reason to suspect that the findings aren't
representative. It gets worse, because of that
38%, only a fifth had done anything to
implement additional staff training.
Why is this? There are a variety of reasons
behind these worrying statistics, including
confusion and uncertainty about the best
approach to GDPR training. However, some
forward-thinking businesses are responding
with vigour, using an arsenal of learning
technologies to ensure GDPR compliance.
Some particularly innovative companies are
unlocking the power of learning games in
their mission to protect the personal data of
their customers and employees.
Why games work for GDPR awareness
With a topic as potentially dry and yet as
important as data protection, the learning has
to 'grab' employees. There's a lot of
knowledge and information for them to
absorb. Games are particularly effective in
this instance because they engage learners
and make the learning memorable. There are
other reasons why games work well here,
• They are experiential and have scenarios
within the setting, so employees learn by
• They allow the learning to be applied
within the experience;
• Games can mirror work settings and
involve critical thinking;
• They are designed to be re-played;
practice makes perfect;
• Game mechanics become intuitive.