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Data Protection Act 2018 - Understanding its Implications

4 Hours CPD 

Courses take place in:

Dublin & Cork


The Data Protection Act 2018 makes several key changes to data protection law in Ireland. It supplements the GDPR, and the two have to be read together to have a complete picture of the Irish position. It adds to the “lawful bases” on which special category data may be processed, sets out the extensive exemptions to the GDPR which apply in Ireland, defines the scope of much processing in the public sector, and applies rules based on those in the GDPR to processing for activities which fall outside EU competence. The Act also implements the Law Enforcement Directive.

This course focuses on assisting those working in mainstream data protection compliance (in both the private and public sectors) to understand the DPA 2018’s implications from a practical perspective, including:

  • modifications to key definitions contained in the GDPR, and their significance
  • the lawful bases for processing special category personal data in Ireland – when and how they will apply, and how controllers can take advantage of them
  • exemptions from the GDPR in Ireland
  • the age of consent of children to processing for internet society services
  • how provisions based on the GDPR are applied by the Act to activities outside EU competence
  • the conditions for processing personal data on criminal matters
  • modifications to the rights of individuals
  • public interest processing – scope and applicability
  • restrictions on the applicability of certain aspects of the GDPR in Ireland
  • enhanced powers of the Data Protection Commission, including entry and inspection, and the new enforcement regime

It is recommended that delegates attending this session have at least a basic knowledge of current data protection legal requirements under the GDPR. Delegates with no existing knowledge may find it helpful to attend Data Protection Essential Knowledge Level 1 before attending this training course.

Course Trainer

John Fitzsimons

John Fitzsimons,
Cornerstone Barristers

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Course Information

Short Day – 10.00am to 4.00pm (lunch included)

€495 plus VAT
10% discount for all additional delegates booked at the same time

Who should attend:
Data Protection Officers, Compliance Officers, Human Resources Managers, Office Managers, Company Secretaries, IT Managers, Business Analysts, Records Managers, Archivists, Information Managers, Legal Advisors, Database Managers, and others.


Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection


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Course Testimonials

"Enjoyed the course. Very knowledgeable presenter."
Catriona O’Sullivan
University College Cork

"Very informative and the tutor kept class engaged throughout."
Elaine Prunty
Nightline Logistics Group


"A very detailed breakdown that was explained very well."
Roisin Colohan
Biokinetic Europe