Diploma in Data Protection


Diploma in Data Protection

Course Details

Full Course name:
Diploma in Data Protection

Course Dates

Next course commencing:
28 January 2020

10 weeks, evenings from 6.30 to 9.30 pm

CPD Hours

Recognised by The Institute of Banking and LIA for CPD Purposes

Gain a clear understanding of the data protection law in Ireland including, in particular, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Students will consider in detail the data processing principles, the rights of data subjects and the obligations on data controllers and processors. Students will also consider the role of the Data Protection Commissioner and the various enforcement procedures and penalties.

At the end of the course, students will have a firm understanding of the legal requirements in relation to data protection.

Those who perform any role in relation to the control and/or processing of personal data including, but not limited to, data protection officers, human resource managers, IT managers and sales and marketing managers.  This course is suitable for those who need a more in-depth knowledge about data protection law in Ireland.

Patrick RooneyPatrick Rooney has been practising as a barrister at the Bar of Ireland since 2012 and has a wide range of experience in civil practice, including general tort, contract law, and regulatory law. Patrick has also been advising in relation to data protection matters in litigation. Having recently completed a course in Data Protection Practice with the Law Society of Ireland, Patrick has studied the incoming GDPR in detail and stays up to date with all of the developments before it comes into force in May 2018.

Patrick is a graduate of UCD, with an BA in Politics and Philosophy in 2004, and a First Class Honours MA in Philosophy. He obtained an MSc in Global Politics from the LSE in 2007 and worked for a period in accounting before returning to study and obtaining the King’s Inns Diploma in Legal Studies in 2011 where he won the Timothy Sullivan Prize for the highest grade in Evidence.

Patrick is an experienced educator having taught in UCD for a number of years and lectured with City Colleges for the last number of years in the Law of Evidence King’s Inns entrance exams preparatory course.

In 2017 he was called to the Bar of England and Wales and is a member of the Honourable Society of Middle Temple.

Lecture 1
• Outline of diploma course
• Right to privacy under international and domestic law
• Overview of the current legislative context

Lecture 2
The General Data Protection Regulation: Who, what and how
• Subject-matter and objectives
• Material and territorial scope
• Data protection principles
• Overview of specific processing situations
Lecture 3
My Data, My Rights: Rights of Data Subjects
• Provision of information and right of access
• Rights to rectify and erase data
• Right to restrict processing
• Right to data portability
• Right to object to processing
• Restrictions

Lecture 4
Who’s in charge: Obligations on Controllers and Processors
• Data protection by design and by default
• Record-keeping
• Cooperation with the supervisory authority
• Security of data and notification of breaches
• Data protection impact assessments and prior consultation
• Data Protection Officer

Lecture 5
Free movement of data and transfers of personal data to third countries or international organisations
• General principles
• Adequacy of protection available
• Appropriate safeguards
• Binding corporate rules
• Derogations
• International cooperation

Lecture 6
Keeping a close eye: The Supervisory Authorities and the Data Protection Commissioner
• Competence
• Tasks
• Powers
• Cooperation and consistency
• European Data Protection Board

Lecture 7
Falling foul of the rules: remedies, liability and penalties
• Right to lodge a complaint
• Right to an effective judicial remedy
• Representation
• Right to compensation and liability
• Administrative fines
• Penalties

Lecture 8
Specific Processing Situations Part 1: Employers and Employees
• Vetting Prospective Employees
• Staff Surveillance
• Biometrics in the Workplace
• Transfer of Ownership of Business
• Access Requests

Lecture 9
Specific Processing Situations Part 2: Marketing
• Direct Marketing
• National Directory Database
• Publicly available information
• Unsolicited Marketing
• E-receipts

Lecture 10
Specific Processing Situations Part 3: Online and Computing
• Personal Information Online
• Data Protection and the Cloud
• Data Protection and Mobile Apps
• Data Protection and Wifi Location Analytics
• Data Protection and Social Networks
• Data Protection and BYOD

Course Fee

Classroom-based: €995
(€1,095 if paying  in instalments)

Online course: €895
(€995 if paying in instalments)

Non-EU students: €1,295

A pass grade on the written assignment will be required for awarding of the Diploma. A fail grade will result in a Certificate of Attendance for the course but without the Diploma being awarded.

Students must attend at least 80% of classes to graduate with either the Diploma or Certificate of Attendance unless a serious and verifiable reason for further absence is provided. If completing the course online, attendance and participation is tracked through Moodle.

The assignment/project must be handed in on the due date unless a sound reason for lateness is provided. In such instances, an extension may be awarded at the discretion of the lecturer.

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