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How to Conduct a Data Protection Audit


This course is available by: eLearning, Virtual-LIVE and Classroom



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How to Conduct a Data Protection Audit


Course Overview:

Data protection compliance audits, or reviews, are invaluable for organisations in assessing their current state of data protection compliance.  They can identify where the organisation is getting things right, as well as reveal where there are weaknesses which require action or changes to internal procedures.

The Data Protection Commissioner’s Office has recommended that regular compliance reviews are undertaken as part of ongoing internal management of data protection.

Compliance reviews can be conducted either internally or by external consultants. Either way, the person conducting the review should go about the task in the most efficient and effective way. This course, which is fully up to date with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), offers practical guidance on conducting data protection audits/reviews, and covers:

  • the purpose of data protection audits/reviews
  • deciding what to review: how to identify the areas that are relevant
  • undertaking the audit: guidance on the practical methodology as well as how, what and who to ask in relevant staff interviews
  • determining whether audited processes meet both data protection requirements and internal policies/procedures
  • what to look for when auditing arrangements with third party suppliers
  • how to report the results of an audit and how to recommend any remedial action that is needed
  • the Commissioner’s recommendations for conducting audits

Sample checklists and audit templates will be provided to delegates.

It is recommended that delegates attending this course have some existing knowledge of data protection. Those with no existing knowledge should attend Data Protection Essential Knowledge – Level 1 before attending this course.

Course Trainer

Olivia Whitcroft, Solicitor

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Course Information
Virtual-LIVEThursday, 13 July 2023

Virtual-LIVE/Classroom - €495.00


eLearning - €395.00

Virtual-LIVE/Classroom - 10.00am to 4.00pm

eLearning - available immediately via dedicated online training platform

Discounts available:

- 10% discount for additional delegates for this course when booked together


- 20% discount for additional delegates booked together (up to 5)
- Group Licences available

Who should attend:
Data Protection Officers, Compliance Officers, Company Secretaries, Business Analysts, Information Managers, Legal Advisors, Database Managers, and others.


Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection


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Course Testimonials

"Comprehensive and informative. The course contained lots of information that is really helpful, but at the same time quite realistic. Will certainly help with the audits I need to do and grateful for the guidance."
John Sharples

"The eLearning course is well-structured, easy to follow, with excellent points of reference. I enjoyed the eLearning experience, thank you!"
Trevor Beckford
Office of the Information Commissioner (Jersey)

"I thought the eLearning course was very good, clear and practical. It is good to be able to do an hour or so, stop and then come back to where you left off.  The content was just about right I felt."
Grellan O’Kelly

"I enjoyed the eLearning course. The presenter was excellent."
Audrey Barrett

"Case study very useful. Well run course, tutor explains concepts clearly."
Sandra Himmans


"I found the eLearning course of excellent quality with great content and some very useful tips and templates."
Juraj Szabo
CIF Pension Administration Services

"All aspects of the course were excellent. Thank you very much!"
Rick Chatfield
Civil Aviation Authority

"Very good."
Sean Topping