General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The regulation of data is necessary in order to balance the protection of the individual’s privacy rights with the rights of organisations and governments to collect and use data for business and administrative purposes.

The regulation of data in Europe is known as data protection. The current data protection framework in Ireland was established under the Data Protection Acts 1988 to 2003; the October 2016 issue of Relate discussed this legislation in detail. This framework will be replaced in 2018 by a new European-wide framework, called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR places an emphasis on transparency, security and accountability by data controllers and processors, while standardising and strengthening the right of European citizens to data privacy.

The GDPR was adopted on 27 April 2016, and following a two-year implementation period, comes into force across the European Union on 25 May 2018. The GDPR is a European regulation, replacing the existing Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC. The GDPR makes many changes to current European data protection law.

The GDPR is a primary piece of legislation but it also provides that individual member states may enact their own legislation to give specific interpretation to the application of some of the provisions of the Regulation. In Ireland, this is contained within the Data Protection Bill 2017.

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becomes effective in May 2018 with the aim of giving control of personal data back to citizens of the European Union.

Whilst many see it as another compliance matter, growth in the digital economy and changing public expectations present an opportunity to build a data privacy culture within organizations.

An organization’s workforce represents a significant risk of a data breach. Encouraging individuals to think about GDPR in the context of their own data will help them to support data protection and privacy practices in their organization.

The GDPR Making Data Privacy Matter course aims to promote an individual’s engagement in data privacy matters. It focuses on the key aspects of GDPR that affect an organization and the associated risks and opportunities. There is a strong emphasis on interactive sessions to engage participants in taking personal responsibility for making a difference.

The course recognizes that understanding and interpretation of the regulation will continue to evolve, and organizations will be at different stages of their compliance journey. Real-life examples are used extensively, as well as latest guidance from the UK Information Commissioners Office.

The implications of non-compliance are severe: an organization can be fined up to 4% of annual global turnover or €20 million (whichever is higher) for breaching GDPR.

The course will help candidates to:

  • Understand the reasons for the new regulation and its scope of application
  • Identify associated risks and opportunities
  • Understand the key principles and conditions that determine the lawful basis for data processing and protection
  • Identify next steps for achieving compliance
  • Develop a data privacy mind-set

Who is it for?

The course and certification are designed for any individuals from small, medium or large UK organisations who wish to make data privacy matter. In particular, for organisations who want to:

  • Promote better use of personal data in compliance with GDPR
  • Launch their own data privacy awareness campaigns
  • Gain a basic understanding of the GDPR before planning their own compliance programmes
  • The course has been designed to address all UK audiences and prepare them for their next steps.
  • What are the key things you will learn?

After completion of this course, candidates should be able to:

  • Explain the reasons for the new regulation and the scope of its application
  • Identify the key participants in processing of personal data and discuss their responsibilities
  • Discuss the key principles and conditions that determine the lawful basis for processing
  • Outline the key regulatory aspects impacting organizations and the risks and opportunities arising
  • Identify the next steps for achieving compliance and building a privacy awareness culture


The Certified EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Foundation training course is designed for professionals who are:
Business Directors Or Managers Who Want To Understand How The Requirements Of The EU GDPR Will Affect Their Organisation
Privacy Managers
Data Protection Managers
Information Security Managers
IT Managers
Project Managers
Corporate Governance Managers
Risk & Compliance Managers
General Or Privacy Counsels
Finance, HR Or Marketing Managers
Individuals With A Basic Knowledge Of Data Protection Regulation & Practices


There are no prerequisites for Certified EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Foundation training course and it is open to anyone interested in enhancing their knowledge of the EU GDPR.

Course Outline

What will you learn on the Certified EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Foundation training course?
Essential EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Background & Terminology The Six Data Protection Principles
Special Categories Of Personal Data
The Rights Of Data Subjects, Including Data Access Requests
Controllers & Processors
Data Protection By Design
Securing Personal Data
Reporting Data Breaches
How To Perform A Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) The Role Of The Data Protection Officer (DPO)
Transferring Personal Data Outside The EU The Powers Of Supervisory Authorities

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