GDPR and Freedom of Information

“I found it very helpful and the trainer was very good. He clearly knows the subject very well and he was really good at giving us a lot of information in an interesting way and dealing with all our questions.”

The Pensions Regulator

In May 2018, the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) will replace the Data Protection Act 1998, which will increase organisational transparency and accountability in the collection and processing of personal data, as well as the rights of those whose personal data is being collected and processed. The push for a “privacy by design” approach to personal data under GDPR strongly encourages the important recognition that how and why personal data is collected, processed and kept safe is an organisational issue.

Government activities will not be wholly exempt from these new obligations, and together with existing responsibilities under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 it is important that staff working in Government understand the impact of these changes, their responsibilities and what they need to do next.

Key features:

  • Rights and requirements created by the Freedom of Information Act 2000, Data Protection Act 1998 and Environmental Information Regulations 2004
  • What is the Publication Scheme and what information needs to be provided?
  • Who can receive an FOI request?
  • Handling information requests - what are the limit/exemptions?
  • Roles of Information Commissioner and Tribunal
  • Working with Information Commissioner's Office, including making effective submissions in relation to complaints and investigations
  • Information record management
  • Tailored case studies so delegates have first hand experience of how to deal with FOI requests

Designed for:

This course is suitable for Freedom of Information Officers, Information Managers and any delegates who are involve in the FOI process.

Learning outcomes:

Upon the completion of this training, participants will be able to create an accurate framework to deliver their FOI obligations and ensure their existing systems meet all requirements. They will also be able to handle FOI requests more efficiently and increase knowledge of best practices.




10:00 - 16:00


£595 + VAT


St James’s Park, London


23 July 2018 Book

6 November 2018 Book

“I felt the training was perfectly executed.”

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

“The course really helped me understand how we could help the public by unlocking data and making it really accessible. It greatly helped my confidence in helping the public.”

Registers Of Scotland

"Trainer managed to bring to life what could have been quite a dry subject and made it interesting. Excellent course."

West Midlands Pension Fund

“The trainer’s style and delivery engaged all course attendees into open discussion.”

Disclosure and Barring Service

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