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Data Protection Officer Training: All you need to know DPO Training Course

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Are you a new or an existing Data Protection Officer (DPO) or are you wanting to move into the role of the DPO but not sure how to become a DPO, or are you just wanting to find out what the legal requirements and responsibilities are of the role, then this Data Protection Officer training course is for you.  

Data Protection Officer Training Course Overview

The Data Protection Officer (DPO) has a statutory basis in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018. The Data Protection Officer will be the person staff approach for advice and guidance and it is their job to make sure the organisation stays on track with their data protection compliance program.   

The Article 29 Working Party details that Data Protection Officers (‘DPO’s) will be at the heart of the legal framework for many organisations. Under the GDPR it is mandatory for certain controllers and processors to designate a DPO. This is the case for all public authorities and bodies (irrespective of what data they process), and for other organisations that – as a core activity – monitor individuals systematically and on a large scale, or that process special categories of personal data on a large scale.

This one-day course presents practical exercises about the role of the Data Protection Officer, key responsibilities and actions of the role; covering an introduction to privacy law, the GDPR articles; Designation of DPO, Tasks and Position of DPO. Exercises covering the importance of accountability and transparency. Looking at the difference between implementation and advice/inform and monitor. How to avoid conflict of interest and how to manage a difference of opinions.  

This course will support you to build and embed a Data Protection by design culture and lots more!  

Who should attend?

This course is for Data Protection Officers or any staff that work or are associated with the Data Protection Officer role. 



Data Protection Officer Course Programme

9:45 - 10:00Welcome aims
10:00 - 11:30Introduction in to privacy law
Exercise: History of Privacy Law
Exercise: Legal Framework - General Data Protection Regulations & Data Protection Act
Exercise: What is your privacy Appetite
Key roles for DPO
Allies or Enemies - Internal divisions
Exercise: Privacy roles – more than just a DPO
Exercise: What legal types of data?
Exercise: What is Personal and Sensitive?
Exercise; Who does the Law effect?
Exercise: Relationships
11:30 – 11:45Refreshment break
11:45 – 13:15Designation of DPO
Discussion: When do you legally have to have a DPO?
Exercise: Pro's and Con's
Discussion: Who should be a DPO?
What professional experience does the DPO need?
Expert knowledge
DPO Qualities
Skills & Expertise
Publication & Communication of DPO’s contact details
13:15 – 14:00Lunch
14:00 – 15:00Tasks of DPO
Discussion: What is a DPO liable for?
Discussion: What is a DPO responsible for?
Exercise; Implementation vs Advice
Cooperating with the supervisory authority and acting as a contact point
How might DPO monitor compliance?

Position of Data Protection Officer
When should the Controller should seek advice of DPO?
Exercise: What are a DPO's Roles and Responsibilities?
Scenario: Necessary resources
Discussion: DPOs must not be instructed on?
DPOs must not be instructed on
Exercise: What is Conflict of Interest?
Exercise; Risk Based Approach
Questions: Data Protection Impact Assessments
Scenario: Dismissing or Penalising a DPO
Case Study: Facebook
Cyber Security
15:00 – 15:15Refreshment break
15:15 – 16:15Where to begin?
Privacy management Programme OR GDPR Compliance Project?
Diagram – steps to take when establishing a programme
Management systems BS10012 and ISO 27701
Complete Regular Audits
Exercise: What the DPO did next?
16:15 – 16:30Summary and close
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  • The practical exercises; Relationships, Implementation and Advice, Necessary Resources and Conflict of Interest were really good. The Trainer was very interactive and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend this course.
    Data Protection Officer - NHS Foundation Trust
  • This was a really interactive course. I enjoyed the group discussions and very much enjoyed the risk based approach exercise.
    Information Governance Manager - University

Who are our Data Protection Officer Trainers?

  • Ralph has spent nearly two decades working at the intersection of privacy, security and risk management. He believes good information governance adds business value to achieve business objectives and return on investment.

    Ralph O'Brien
    Trainer & Consultant
  • Debbie is a passionate and motivated information governance professional with more than 34 years’ experience in the Public Sector.

    Debbie Topping
    Trainer & Consultant
  • Liz Taylor has worked with information governance, data protection and other information-related legislation since 1998. Predominantly working in the public sector, Liz has developed extensive experience of the practical application of data protection and freedom of information laws across the UK providing both consultancy and training services. Liz has also supported a number of organisations with the implementation of records management legislation in Scotland. Liz provides services as a Data Protection Officer and is currently studying a PhD at Dundee University looking at the role of the Data Protection Officer. She is also approved to deliver both the BCS Foundation and Practitioner Certificates in Data Protection, and is also experienced in developing and delivering training materials for customised in house courses as well as certificated qualifications.

    Liz Taylor
    Trainer & Consultant
  • Inga has over 12 years’ experience working in the area of data protection and privacy in relation to new and emerging technologies. She enjoys bringing what some may deem to be a ‘dry’ subject to life through consultancy and training. She is able to translate complex data protection issues into clear and understandable language; to enable clients to make informed business decisions in relation to data protection.

    Dr Inga Kroener
    Trainer & Consultant
In House Data Protection Officer Training - Also Available

Leadership Through Data provide bespoke training courses that are custom made to your needs. Bespoke courses provide an exclusive learning and development opportunity which is cost effective.

All prices include the attendance of 15 delegates, a course workbook, additional reading, slide handouts, an LTD delegate folder, a pen and a CPD certificate. If booked in advance, we offer a 4 week after care package.

If you did not find the course you are looking please contact us and we can discuss and design the right course for you. For a no obligation quote, email or call 07931566007 or 01206 807267

Q & A

When will I be advised of the venue location?

Exact location are sent out via email, two weeks before the course, we would therefore advise you not to book accommodation until the venue is confirmed.

What happens if the course is cancelled?

We will always offer you another course date, to ensure you don’t miss out however, if you are unable to attend further dates, we will offer you a refund. See full terms and conditions.

Do you offer any course discounts?

Yes we offer a 10% discount if you book multiple people from the same organisation, at the same time.

Will I get a recognised qualification?

As part of our accreditation with the CPD accreditation group, you will receive 6 CPD points for each course attended.