Diploma in Data Protection


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Diploma in Data Protection

Start date: April 2018

Duration: 10 weeks, evenings from 6.30 to 9.30 pm

Course fee: classroom-based €945 (or €995 if paying the course fee in instalments), online €845 (or €895 if paying the course fee in instalments)
Non-EU students: €1,295


Course Summary

The purpose of the Diploma in Data Protection is to provide students (from a variety of professional and interested backgrounds) with a clear understanding of the data protection law in Ireland including, in particular, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Students will consider in detail the data processing principles, the rights of data subjects and the obligations on data controllers and processors. Students will also consider the role of the Data Protection Commissioner and the various enforcement procedures and penalties.

At the end of the course, students will have a firm understanding of the legal requirements in relation to data protection.

Who should apply:

Those who perform any role in relation to the control and/or processing of personal data including, but not limited to, data protection officers, human resource managers, IT managers and sales and marketing managers.  This course is suitable for those who need a more in-depth knowledge about data protection law in Ireland.

  • Lecture 1
    • Outline of diploma course
    • Right to privacy under international and domestic law
    • Overview of the current legislative context

    Lecture 2
    The General Data Protection Regulation: Who, what and how
    • Subject-matter and objectives
    • Material and territorial scope
    • Data protection principles
    • Overview of specific processing situations
    Lecture 3
    My Data, My Rights: Rights of Data Subjects
    • Provision of information and right of access
    • Rights to rectify and erase data
    • Right to restrict processing
    • Right to data portability
    • Right to object to processing
    • Restrictions

    Lecture 4
    Who’s in charge: Obligations on Controllers and Processors
    • Data protection by design and by default
    • Record-keeping
    • Cooperation with the supervisory authority
    • Security of data and notification of breaches
    • Data protection impact assessments and prior consultation
    • Data Protection Officer

    Lecture 5
    Free movement of data and transfers of personal data to third countries or international organisations
    • General principles
    • Adequacy of protection available
    • Appropriate safeguards
    • Binding corporate rules
    • Derogations
    • International cooperation

    Lecture 6
    Keeping a close eye: The Supervisory Authorities and the Data Protection Commissioner
    • Competence
    • Tasks
    • Powers
    • Cooperation and consistency
    • European Data Protection Board

    Lecture 7
    Falling foul of the rules: remedies, liability and penalties
    • Right to lodge a complaint
    • Right to an effective judicial remedy
    • Representation
    • Right to compensation and liability
    • Administrative fines
    • Penalties

    Lecture 8
    Specific Processing Situations Part 1: Employers and Employees
    • Vetting Prospective Employees
    • Staff Surveillance
    • Biometrics in the Workplace
    • Transfer of Ownership of Business
    • Access Requests

    Lecture 9
    Specific Processing Situations Part 2: Marketing
    • Direct Marketing
    • National Directory Database
    • Publicly available information
    • Unsolicited Marketing
    • E-receipts

    Lecture 10
    Specific Processing Situations Part 3: Online and Computing
    • Personal Information Online
    • Data Protection and the Cloud
    • Data Protection and Mobile Apps
    • Data Protection and Wifi Location Analytics
    • Data Protection and Social Networks
    • Data Protection and BYOD

  • 115010-Tara-Murphy

    Tara Murphy is a practising barrister, who has worked in advisory, policy and research roles in both the Public and Private Sectors. From 2013 to 2015, Tara worked with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. The Department is responsible for a number of initiatives to improve the openness, transparency and accountability of the Civil and Public Service. Based in the Civil Service HR Policy Directorate, Tara provided legal assistance in relation to a range of employment law issues including, but not limited to, the roll-out and implementation of several new HR policies.

    Tara also spent a number of years working with the Law Reform Commission, an independent body established under the Law Reform Commission Act 1975 to keep the law under independent, objective and expert review. The Commission has published a wide range of consultation papers and reports on diverse areas of civil and criminal law. Tara worked on several of these publications, including those relating to the Civil Liability of the Good Samaritans and Volunteers, and Mandatory Sentencing. Tara has presented a number of papers on her work including, in particular, sentencing the corporate fraudster.

    Tara has worked with a number of other organisations including the National Disability Authority and the Department of Foreign Affairs.

    Tara holds a Degree in Law with French Law from University College Dublin, a Master of Laws in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex and a Diploma in Employment Law from Dublin Institute of Technology. She also studied at the Honorable Society of King’s Inns.

    Tara’s areas of interest include employment law, criminal law, contract law and human rights law. She lectures in employment law, corporate fraud investigation, anti-money laundering and financial law and regulation.

  • A pass grade on the written assignment will be required for awarding of the Diploma. A fail grade will result in a Certificate of Attendance for the course but without the Diploma being awarded. Students must attend at least 8 of the 10 evenings to graduate with either the Diploma or Certificate of Attendance unless a serious and verifiable reason for further absence is provided. Similarly, the Project must be handed in on the due date unless a sound reason for lateness is provided. In such instances, an extension may be awarded at the discretion of the lecturer.

  • “Tara’s material is well prepared and she is very knowledgeable on the subject matter.  She presents the class in a professional manner, while maintaining good approachability.  She is excellent at encouraging class discussion around what is a very interesting subject.”

    Tony Coughlan

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