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GDPR for the Public Sector

  • 5 CPD Hours Apex Building, Blackthorn Road Sandyford Business District D18 (map)

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect on 25 May 2018. It represents the most significant global development in data protection law in decades. 

There are several new important changes of relevance to the Public Sector and the DPC is actively targeting public sector organisations such as local authorities for audits. Public bodies must have a specific lawful basis to justify their data processing. The recent decision of the DPC in relation to the Department of Employment and Social Protection is a clear example of the DPC using its powers in this sector. 

Under the GDPR, Data Protection Impact Assessments must be carried out in many cases where new processing is envisaged. Public bodies cannot longer rely on legitimate interests to process data and are limited in how they can rely on consent. They must also be accountable for privacy in their organisations. Of crucial importance is the role of the Data Protection Officer (DPO). In general, public sector bodies must appoint a DPO. It is crucial for these organisations to understand their data protection obligations and be able to demonstrate compliance.

This one-day training course will provide delegates with an overview of GDPR with specific focus on the public sector and will provide insights on how other public sector bodies are addressing its requirements. 

Much more will be discussed throughout this intensive training day, as well as excellent Q&A opportunities with the course trainer, who helps many public bodies comply with their data protection obligations. All participants will receive a CMG certificate, and a full informative course pack to refer back to at any time.

Course Content

  • The core principals of the General Data Protection Regulation

  • Understand the roles of DPO, Joint Controller, the Supervisory Authority regime

  • Enforcement powers and the new regime of administrative fines and penalties

  • How is the GDPR working in practice? – focus on tutor’s practical experience working with public sector clients.

  • New trends - potential litigation; public sector audits and investigations; damage to reputation.

  • What are the exemptions and specific legislative requirements provided for public sector bodies?

Who Should Attend?

The course would be of benefit to those working in the state sector, particularly those who are being appointed DPO, as well as those who wish to gain an insight into this challenging area of law. 


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.


This training course costs €425 EARLY-BIRD (Normal rate €525). 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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