Law - Data Protection Practice

The Law Society of Ireland

Law - Data Protection Practice

Programme objectives

On completion of this training programme, participants will have:

A comprehensive knowledge of Regulation 2016/679 (the GDPR),

An understanding of the data protection framework in Ireland as governed by the Data Protection Acts 1988-2018,

An ability to apply that knowledge to a range of data protection issues in practice and to evaluate the role of the data protection officer,

The skills to advise on subject access requests, legitimate processing, data retention, consent, and international data transfers,

The confidence to recognise when a data breach has occurred and the notification requirements,

The ability to analyse sanctions for non-compliance and the powers of the Data Protection Commission,

The skills to conduct a data privacy impact assessment and a data protection audit and to report on an organisation's data governance and security.

Programme structure and approach to learning
The General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation 2016/679) came into force in May 2018 and, as a result, the data protection landscape has changed significantly. This certificate will offer an in-depth analysis of the new data protection framework, the data protection legislation, and how to comply with the GDPR in practice.

Data is now a valuable commodity. Modern technologies allow for huge volumes of data to be collected by companies on a daily basis. There are many legal responsibilities associated with collecting, retaining, and processing such data. Data protection laws act to balance an individual's right to privacy with a company's ability to use that data. It is essential that the use of data is regulated to prevent against abuses, while at the same time ensuring that companies can use data efficiently and effectively.

Participants will be brought through the application of the law by experienced data protection practitioners and privacy consultants from private practice, the public sector, and from large multinationals. There is a strong focus on the GDPR and how to apply it in practice. This course will ensure that participants are equipped to deal with the compliance issues that arise in practice.

Online and interactivity
Course materials, including webcasts of lectures, will be released each week online. In addition, online participation will be required. There will be three interactive online workshops to enable participants to connect with expert contributors and to consolidate their knowledge. Participants are also afforded the opportunity to interact with the expert contributors online each week. Participants are invited to have an open-minded approach to learning and are encouraged to interact and share knowledge with colleagues, as engaging online is a central element of online courses.

Subjects taught

The programme is based on the following module scheme and covers key themes as listed below:

Module 1: Introduction to data protection law
Origins of data protection law,
Data protection concepts and principles,
Overview of data protection landscape.

Module 2: Data processing and sharing
Legitimate processing,
Data retention,
Data access requests,
Government data, public sector,
Data protection v freedom of Information,
Litigation – legal professional privilege/discovery.

Module 3: Data processing and personal rights
Removal, amendments, rectification,
The right to be forgotten,
Direct marketing,
Automated decision making,
State surveillance.

Module 4: General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
Overview of key changes,
Impact of changes on processing, consent, outsourcing,
Compliance and enforcement,
Requirement to have a DPO,
Changes referenced in each module throughout the certificate.

Module 5: Data governance
Role of the data protection officer,
Data breaches,
Powers of Data Protection Commission,
Privacy impact assessments.

Module 6: International data transfers
Data transfer risks,
Transfers outside EEA,
Effect of Brexit data transfers,
Supervision, enforcement, offences.

Module 7: Data protection compliance
Direct marketing,
Cookies, the Cloud,
Drones, biometrics, wearable technology.

Module 8: Data governance framework
Best practice models,
Information Asset Life Cycle,
Aligning data protection and data governance,
Standard frameworks and ISOs,
Measuring date protection compliance.

Module 9: Change management
Context and rationale,
Principles of change management,
Data protection training.

Module 10: Data security and technology
Physical security of data,
Virtual security of data,
Technical considerations.

Module 11: Ethics in data protection
Ethical first principles,
A framework for ethics in information management,
Practical application.

Module 12: Data protection update
Global view and EU v US approach,
Overview of recent data protection issues.

Workshops are interactive sessions that focus on group problem-solving and are designed to revise all modules covered to date and to consolidate the student's knowledge.

Workshop Title Date Time
1 Subject Access Requests Saturday 27 March 2021 Online –
Log in at an appointed time required in order to participate.

2 Data Breaches Saturday 24 April 2021 Online –
Log in at an appointed time required in order to participate.

3 Data Privacy Impact Assessments Saturday 12 June 2021 Online – Log in at an appointed time required in order to participate.

*Every effort has been made to ensure the information contained in these pages is accurate and up to date. However timetables and course content are subject to change and date and time changes may occur due to factors beyond our control.

Entry requirements

Who should attend?
This course is suitable for:

Solicitors, barristers, and trainees who currently advise or aspire to advise on data protection issues,

Data protection officers,

Compliance Officers,

IT professionals,

Professionals who are data controllers/processors and need to understand their legal obligations/duties,

All professionals advising on/working in the area of data protection who need to update their knowledge on the GDPR,

Suitably qualified professionals wishing to move into the area of data protection, and

Individuals who have an interest in protecting their personal data.
We welcome applications from others who are suitably qualified.

Please explain your interest and set out any relevant experience in a cover letter and a brief CV. Such applications are subject to a supplemental fee of €100.

Application dates

Application information
The closing date for applications for this course is 02 February 2022. To apply for this course please follow the instructions below.

Solicitors and Trainees
To pay online click on the 'Book Now' button. For all other methods of payment please see our methods of payment .

Other Professionals
We welcome applications for this course from suitably qualified professionals. Your application must be approved before you can formally register on the course. To apply please email the following documents to :

A completed application form (see below)
Your Curriculum Vitae

A short cover letter setting out your relevant experience

Please note, for non-members this course is subject to a supplemental
fee of €100 bringing the total course fee to €1,750. No fees are required prior to approval.


Delivery Method
Lectures released online Wednesdays 2pm, with online interactive workshops. Also available to view on-demand.

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