CPD Hours
Recognised by The Institute of Banking and LIA for CPD Purposes

The Diploma in Data Protection will help you 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 Diploma in Data Protection, students will have a firm understanding of the legal requirements in relation to data protection.

Diploma in Data Protection is a part of The College of Criminology and Policing.

Who Should Apply?

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.  Diploma in Data Protection is suitable for those who need a more in-depth knowledge about data protection law in Ireland.

Course Content

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: €795
(€895 if paying in instalments)

If paying in instalments by direct debit, the deposit to book a place is €150 and the balance is split into three equal monthly payments.

Non-EU students: Call +353 1 4160034


A pass grade on the written assignment will be required for awarding of the Diploma.

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.



Andrew McKeown

Andrew McKeown is a practising barrister, having studied in UCD, where he was Swift McNeill Scholar. In addition to the Barrister-at-Law Degree, he holds a B.A. in History and English, and a Masters in Common Law. Andrew practises in criminal law, judicial review, and general common law. He has worked on all levels of criminal cases, including murder trials. Andrew has edited leading legal books, journals and Westlaw, and he is the Editor of the Irish Current Law Monthly Digest.

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Diploma in Data Protection (Classroom)

Classroom Diploma in Data Protection


6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Andrew McKeown


Diploma in Data Protection (Online)

Online Diploma in Data Protection


6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Andrew McKeown