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Data Protection Impact Assessment – Online Learning

This e-learning course will help ensure learners are able to effectively administer a Data Protection Impact Assessment to comply with Data Protection Regulations:

  • Describe a Data Protection Impact Assessment, why it is important and why they are legally required
  • Establish where DPIA’s are a legal requirement
  • Identify the data that is being processed and how
  • Explore the risks associated with the data collection
  • Assess risks and what can be done to reduce them

Course Introduction

A Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) is a way of analysing how data is processed to help identify and minimise any data protection risks.

DPIAs are a legal requirement for processing that is likely to be high risk, but an effective DPIA can also bring broader compliance, financial and reputational benefits. It can help you demonstrate accountability and build trust and engagement with individuals.

Data Protection Impact Assessments are often used on a project basis which may focus on a particular part of a business, or a new process. The basic procedure can be adapted for large or small projects and they should be used as an ongoing method which reviews the risks from data processing.

In this e-learning course, you users will learn the importance of a Data Protection Impact Assessment and how to apply it from start to finish. This will include; establishing what data is being processed and how, identifying the potential risks, the important questions that should be asked and how to implement measures to reduce these risks.

The online learning provides a structured approach to carrying out Data Impact Assessments and a complete DPIA template for use in the workplace.

Course Content

Module 1 - Introduction
  • Explore what a Data Protection Impact Assessment is and what it is used for
  • Establish when they are a legal requirement
  • Identify what DPIAs can be used for
  • Review the benefits of carrying out DPIAs.
Module 2 - Identifying the need for a Data Protection Impact Assessment
  • Identify situations where DPIAs are a legal requirement
  • Explore examples of criteria which are likely to lead to high risk processing
  • Establish the importance having a clear view of a project’s objectives and the types of processing it involves.
Module 3 - What data is being processed and how
  • Understanding what describing the processing means in terms of:- nature
    – scope
    – context
    – purposes
  • Identify key data elements and give examples of an information flow.​
Module 4 - Identifying privacy and related risks
  • Describe whose views about the intended processing should be sought
  • Highlighting what should happen if there are good reasons not to seek individual’s views
  • Review who else should be consulted.​
Module 5 - Necessity and proportionality
  • State two important questions that should be asked with respect to necessity
  • Explain how the GDPR principles relate to Data Protection Impact Assessments.​
Module 6 - Assessing risks and identifying measures to reduce them
  • Establish the processes for assessing data processing risks
  • Explore examples of the sorts of measures that can be put in place to reduce risk
  • Identify what should be done is there is a residual high risk. 
Module 7  - Sign off and review
  • Review what should happen when a Data Protection Impact Assessment has been completed
  • Describe the advantages of publishing a DPIA
  • Establish the importance of ongoing DPIA reviews. 
Module 8 – Assessment
  • A chance to test your knowledge of the topic with scoring​​
  • The e-learning course comes with free CPD certificates for the learners


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