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Preparing for a Data Protection Audit

  • 5 CPD Hours Apex Building, Blackthorn Road, Sandyford Business District, Dublin 18 (map)

The new GDPR Regulation allows the Data Protection Commissioner to impose fines of up to 4% of your turnover for breaches of the new law – meaning all companies, organisations and institutions who secure, hold, distribute and protect data, need to be absolutely clear on their new legal obligations. To ensure full compliance, it is likely that FULL DATA AUDITS will take place in the near future. Typically, a data audit will be a scheduled event, preceded by a notification letter setting out any specific issues which the DPC would like to address or review. However, it is important to note the Data Protection Commissioner’s office are likely to carry out unannounced audits by presenting themselves at a premise and asking for immediate access to databases, servers and other personal data storage systems. 

Many companies, organisations and institutions have decided not to wait until an emergency presents itself, as most recognise data compliance is here to stay and therefore they are preparing internal controls and preparation now. By carrying out your own audits regularly, you can identify where your organisation is getting things right as well as reveal where there are weaknesses in your data protection procedures and policies.

This course offers practical guidance on conducting your own data protection audits/reviews.  This and much more will be discussed throughout this intensive training day, as well as excellent Q&A opportunities with the course trainer, who is an expert in data protection.  All participants will receive 5 structured CPD point and a full informative course pack to refer back to at any time.  Leaving this course you should be in a position to go back to your office and start the process of conducting a data protection audit.

Course Content

  • An overview of GDPR and Data Protection Law.

  • An overview of acceptable collection, treatment of, retention and storage of Data.

  • Drafting of Policies and procedures for your organisation.

  • The purpose of data protection Audits/Reviews

  • How to approach an internal audit, what should your priorities be.

  • What will the data protection commissioner prioritise in the event of an audit (potential risk areas)?  

  • Be clear on your relationships with third party suppliers.

  • Set up a reporting system so that it can be examined by management and stakeholders.  

Who Should Attend?

Data Protection Officers, Nominated Audit Staff, information officers, HR managers, Risk Management officer, Compliance officers.  Anyone, in an organisation or company regardless of size responsible for handling data.


On completion of this one-day training course, you will receive your CMG MasterClass Certificate as well as your CPD Certificate containing 5 Structured CPD Hours. Please note certificates are issued at the close of the training course to participants who complete the full five hours.


€395 (early-bird), NORMAL RATE €495 The price includes course documentation and training pack, teas and coffee, snacks, biscuits, fruit on arrival. Lunch is a light fare containing freshly cut sandwiches, wraps, a selection of teas and coffee. Alternatively, you can avail of the local food stores and coffee shops within a one-minute radius of the training centre for hot food or alternative lunch options.

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