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GDPR in Action: Data Security and Data Breaches

Event Type
Law Society Skillnet
Online, On-Demand
CPD Hours
1 Hour Regulatory Matters (by eLearning)
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GDPR in Action: Guidance for Legal Practitioners on Data Security and Data Breaches

Aims and Objectives

Data security and data breaches are important to solicitors and their firms. Practitioners owe significant confidentiality obligations to their clients, which include taking measures to keep data secure. Practitioners may need to advise clients on data security issues or advise individuals who are affected by a data security incident.

This is a practical session, with examples, which aims to give guidance to practitioners in order to assist them in keeping data secure and dealing with a data breach. As well as giving guidance on how to advise a client. The speaker is a leading expert in this field and will share his knowledge and expertise with delegates.

Topics to be covered include

  • Legislative provisions under the GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018 relevant to data security and data breaches
  • Data Protection Commissioner’s guidelines
  • Appointing service providers
  • How to respond to a data breach
  • Personal data breach notifications and considerations
    • Notification to the Data Protection Commissioner
    • Notification to the data subject
  • Post reporting, including
    • Potential DPC enquiries
    • Potential investigations
    • Potential data subject enquiries
    • Ongoing controller investigation and resolution
  • Clients and their data security and data breaches
    • potential division of responsibility in medium to large client organisations
    • potential division of responsibility in smaller client organisations
  • Coronavirus and data security


Paul Lavery, Partner, McCann FitzGerald Solicitors, Dublin
Paul is head of the Technology & Innovation Group in McCann FitzGerald and advises on a wide range of data protection, information technology, outsourcing, e-commerce, confidentiality and intellectual property issues. He writes and lectures widely on these and other topics. He is also a member of the Law Society Intellectual Property & Data Protection Law Committee


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