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The UK is among the most fined nations in Europe for data protection breaches, with data breach penalties increasing from £2m in 2015 to £3.2m in 2016. With GDPR coming into force in May 2018 and organisations becoming increasingly dependent on data, it is now more crucial than ever for organisations to ensure compliance with the highest standards of data protection.

From the government’s commitment to public sector organisations sharing data with each other, to avoiding data breaches, it is essential for organisations to have effective information governance procedures and strategies in place.

Delegates on this Understanding Data Protection & GDPR course will gain a clear understanding of the GDPR reforms to data protection, learn the tools to effectively identify and manage risk, avoid punitive fines, and leave with the confidence and knowledge to comply with the Data Protection Act and GDPR.

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Lynn Wyeth
Information Governance Manager - Leicester City Council

Lynn is the Information Governance Manager at Leicester City Council. Having previously worked as an MP and MEP’s political assistant, Lynn moved to her local council where she now oversees the Council’s Information Governance agenda including data protection, FOI, information sharing, RIPA and CCTV.

She has also helped health organisations with their information governance procedures.

Lynn is the author of two books, A Practical Guide to Handling Freedom of Information Requests and Data Protection: Compliance in Practice.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Ensuring full compliance with the Data Protection Act and the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation
  • Learn how to share information whilst ensuring the highest standards of data protection
  • Understand and overcome the legal risks associated with data protection law and the Data Protection Act
  • Learn about and prepare for the changes needed in response to the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation
  • Create an action plan to effectively comply with highest standards of information governance (including consideration of the future of GDPR after Brexit)
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09:15 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:15

Trainer's Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:15 - 11:00

Overview of the GDPR

  • The Data Protection Act and incoming GDPR
  • Case studies – when it all goes wrong
  • Data sharing in compliance with the GDPR
11:00 - 11:15

Morning Break

11:15 - 12:00

Privacy, Sharing and Data Protection Law

  • Gain an overview into data protection law
  • Identify the legal risks associated with increases in using data
  • Recognise how to comply with the Data Protection Act and ensure information assurance
12:00 - 13:00

Establishing an Effective Data Protection Culture

  • Identifying and promoting areas of good practice in information governance
  • Working in partnerships to ensure the secure sharing of data
  • Learn how to prepare an Information Sharing Agreement
  • Responding to the information governance challenges posed by open data and the need for transparency
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:30

The Future of GDPR after Brexit

  • Will my organisation need to comply?
  • Background and principles
  • Headline requirements
14:30 - 16:00

Effectively Managing Data Risk and Improving Information Assurance (flexible coffee break)

The course leader will help you to prepare your organisation for compliance with the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation including how to undertake Privacy Impact Assessments and Data Protection Audits and consider changes that will affect:

  • Territory and Scope
  • Data Protection Officers
  • Consent
  • Sensitive Personal Data
  • Children’s data
  • Subjects’ rights
  • Privacy Impact Assessments
  • Notification
  • Information Sharing
  • Controllers and processors
  • Data Breach Reporting
  • Fines
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation & Close


etc. Venues – Marble Arch, London

Garfield House 86 Edgware Road, London, W2 2EA