Data Protection Commissioner

Training and Public Awareness


For Organisations

We have developed a range of materials that we hope will help you to develop tailored training programmes for your staff.

Our video "My Data - Your Business?”  shows how data protection principles apply in a normal business environment (public or private).  It is accompanied by a "Facilitators Guide" which encourages group-discussion on how the data protection principles apply in practice in a particular setting.   The video and the Guide can be viewed and downloaded here. The video can also be viewed on our Youtube channel

Our Guide for Data Controllers summarises how organisations should deal with the personal data of their staff and customers. You can either download the guide or contact us for printed copies.

We have also produced a special resource for schools,including a chart summarising the responsibilities of Data Controllers and the rights of Data Subjects under the Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003.
You can either download this chart or contact us for printed copies.

For more detailed information, please see the Your Responsibilities section of our website.


For Individuals and Groups

Part of our work is making sure that you know what your data protection rights are and what to do if they are not being respected.  Our Guide to Your Rights is a summary. You can get a printed version of this booklet by contacting us.

A PowerPoint presentation summarising your data protection rights is available here.

For more detailed information, please see the "For Individuals" section of our website.


Training Courses

*A number of organisations offer courses on data protection. A list of courses known to us is shown below. We do not endorse any particular course.


Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland (


Castlebridge Associates (


CMG Professional Training (



  • On-line module


Cygnus Training (

Institute of Public Administration (


Irish Computer Society (

  • Data Protection Essentials Course
  • Data Protection Practitioner Course


Law Society Diploma Centre  (


Public Affairs Ireland (

  • Certificate in Data Protection


PDP ( )

  • Data Protection Essential Knowledge Courses




Vigitrust (

  • On-line course


*Training on key Information Security/Privacy standards may also be of interest, in connection with Data Protection compliance assurance. While these standards do not map directly to Data Protection legislative requirements, they may contain some relevant and relatable elements. 


Certification Europe:





  • Cookie Consent Advisory Programme" for data controllers. This
    programme aims to train online service providers on how to address in
    practice the requirement for cookie consent. *
    Please note: Ghostery advise that this course will run a number of times
    each calendar year in Dublin as and when they have received sufficient
    expressions of interest.
    Please e-mail the following address "" to register interest for the training
    seminar and to receive updates from Ghostery as to prospective dates for
    *As with all listings on this page of the DPC website, the DPC offers no
    endorsement of the service but rather provides information as to its
    availability in Ireland


Public Awareness Surveys



We have also prepared a series of PowerPoint presentations on different aspects of data protection which are available here. You can "mix-and-match" from these different presentations to come up with a presentation that matches the needs of your particular audience.


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