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Conducting Data Protection Impact Assessments

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Conducting Data Protection Impact Assessments


Course Overview:

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIAs) to be carried out wherever processing activities are likely to result in a high risk for individuals. Organisations may also choose to carry out DPIAs even where it is not a legal requirement, since there can be important benefits of doing so.

DPIAs enable organisations to assess potential data protection and other privacy implications at the design stage of a new system or process. Such risks can be assessed and addressed within the development of the system or process, rather than being a “bolt-on” after implementation (when it may be too late to address all the concerns, at least without significant cost implications).

Different approaches and levels of assessment can be undertaken depending on the nature of the system/process and the size of the organisation. This course gives practical guidance on conducting DPIAs, and includes:

  • what is a DPIA, and when should one be carried out
  • national regulators’ recommendations and guidance
  • stages of a DPIA and what to do in practice: initial assessment, preparation, information flows, consultation with stakeholders, analysis, documentation
  • the relationship between conducting DPIAs with other risk and project management activities (e.g. other risk assessments, data protection audits)
  • legal and compliance issues to consider

Attendance on this course can be used as credit towards gaining the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection.


Course Trainer

Doug McMahon

Doug McMahon
McCann FitzGerald

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Course Information
Dublin (Classroom)Friday, 29 September 2023
Virtual-LIVEFriday, 01 December 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, Human Resources Managers, Office Managers, Company Secretaries, IT Managers, Business Analysts, Records Managers, Information Managers, Legal Advisors, Database Managers, and others.


Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection


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Course Testimonials


"Excellent eLearning course, no negative comments. Straightforward to follow online. Very clear."
Dan O’Neill
Colt Group


"I have just completed the DPIA eLearning course and I found it so useful. I really enjoyed it and I feel more confident in dealing with DPIAs."
Georgeta Botas
Residential Tenancies Board


"Very clear eLearning course, highly practical."
Codruta Niculae
Groupe Societe Generale


"Excellent workshop sessions – really put the subject matter into context"
Gillian Bagwell

"I really enjoyed being able to complete this training online. I could take my time over the sections and go back and listen again when I needed to. The questions at the end of each section were an extremely useful check to ensure I understood the content."
Claire Brown
Jersey Office of the Information Commissioner

"Very well presented course"
William Magee
Northern Ireland Policing Board


“I enjoyed the mix of presenter and visuals. Will be starting my Data Processors/Controllers eLearning next week!”
Mary Macdonald
Scottish Government


"Especially useful were the practical examples."
Nicky Morris
Covea Insurance


"Excellent course."
Paul Jarvis

"Course and trainer very good!"
Margo Young
Allianz Insurance Plc


"Very useful course. Thank you."
Colin Renouf
States of Jersey Police