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The Role of the Data Protection Officer under GDPR

New Half-day course

£ 249 +VAT per person

£249 +VAT
per person

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The Role of the Data Protection Officer under GDPR

Half-day course

Course prices:

Classroom: £249 +VAT per person

Course overview

One of the least understood aspects of the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the mandatory requirement for many organisations to appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO). There are very specific rules regarding the role and the requirement will apply to many more organisations than originally thought.

This half-day course is essential training for all organisations considering whether they are caught within the scope of the new requirement to appoint a DPO under GDPR.

During this practical and comprehensive course, our expert presenter will explain everything you need to know about the DPO requirements and how they apply to your organisation. The course will also clearly explain where the DPO should fit in the organisational structure, what you need to consider when appointing and the duties of the DPO as set out in the GDPR.

Who needs to appoint a DPO?

Under the GDPR, you must appoint a data protection officer (DPO) if you:

  • Are a public authority or body, including schools, academies, libraries, utility companies and many more
  • Carry out large scale processing that requires systematic monitoring of data subjects
  • Carry out large scale processing of sensitive data (such as health, religion or race) or data relating to criminal convictions and offences

Even if you do not fall under one of the above categories, you may still wish to appoint a DPO, as you are still required to ensure that your organisation has sufficient staff and skills to discharge your obligations under the GDPR.

You may find this article helpful if you are unsure about the legal position of your own organisation.

What will you learn?

  • What are the key definitions under GDPR
  • What are ‘special categories’ of personal data?
  • What is the background to the GDPR DPO requirement
  • Which organisations must appoint a DPO?
  • What is counted as a Public Authority or body?
  • How can you decide whether the scale of data you handle is large enough to fall within scope?
  • Who can and who cannot act as a DPO?
  • What are the options for using an external consultant or agency as your DPO?
  • What support and protections must an organisation provide to their DPO?
  • What qualifications must a DPO hold?
  • If you already have a DPO, how can you be sure they meet the minimum criteria set out by GDPR to continue in the role after May 2018?
  • To whom should the DPO report and how do they fit into the organisational structure?
  • What are the DPO’s general responsibilities?
  • What are the DPO’s specific responsibilities regarding training and education?
  • What obligations does a DPO have to customers, clients or business partners?
  • What does GDPR say about the relationship between the DPO and the Information Commissioner’s Office?
  • How might other duties of a DPO create a conflict of interest?
  • Who should be responsible for developing your organisation’s data protection policies and procedures?
  • What are the DPO’s specific responsibilities regarding security and data audits?
  • What are the DPO’s specific responsibilities regarding Privacy Impact Assessments
  • What must a DPO do in the event of a data breach?
  • What are the new penalties for a data breach under GDPR?
  • What are the personal liabilities of the person holding the office of the DPO?

Who should attend?

This course will help those who aspire to the role of DPO as well as those who need to understand why and how they should recruit a DPO for their organisation.

Extra benefits

  • course pack containing the information presented on the day
  • certificate of attendance

Course presenters

  • Peter Blenkinsopp

    Peter is a highly qualified privacy professional with a background in law, technology and business.  He has helped many organisations across the globe to successfully deliver business change within heavily regulated environments.  He runs his own consultancy practice specialising in helping companies achieve data privacy compliance. He holds an LL.B and LL.M along with professional certifications from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

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