Certificate in Data Protection for Law Enforcement Functions

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Course Overview

What is the Law Enforcement Directive?

The Data Protection (DP) Law Enforcement Directive, or ‘LED’, is a piece of EU legislation, parallel to the GDPR, which also has effect from May 2018. As suggested by its name, the LED deals with the processing of personal data by data controllers for ‘law enforcement purposes’ – which falls outside of the scope of the GDPR.

The Data Protection Commission (DPC) is set out in Part 5 of the Data Protection Act 2018 as the ‘independent supervisory authority’ for the LED. Complaints regarding contraventions of the LED regime can be made to the DPC.

It is important for organisations who have a law enforcement function to understand both GDPR and the Data Protection Directive for Law Enforcement, as well as the importance of the context of the processing of data as to which set of principles should apply.

The Law Enforcement Directive applies to cases where the data controller is a ‘competent authority, and the processing is done for ‘law enforcement purposes by a public or private body who fits the definition of ‘competent authority’.

This course examines the overlap and differences in content, context, and principles between the GDPR and the Directive, as well as considering the draft enabling legislation for the Directive in the context of CJEU rulings.


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this programme, learners will have a clear knowledge and understanding of the following:

  • Data Protection Directive for Law Enforcement (DPDLE)
  • Scope, Definitions and Principles
  • Data Protection Reform
  • Cross Border Transfers
  • Balancing GDPR with Law Enforcement
  • Remedies, Liabilities and Penalties
  • Powers of the Data Protection Commissioner
  • DPDLE Scenarios


This course is designed to provide learners with an overview of the data privacy and protection obligations of law enforcement agencies under the General Data Protection Regulation, Directive 2016/680/EU and Part 5 of the Data Protection Act 2018, and practical guidance regarding the application of EU Data Protection law for Law Enforcement agencies.

The training programme is delivered live and online incorporating group interactions, practical exercises and the use of relevant case-studies equipping learners with the knowledge and application required to excel and progress in their role.


Learners will be able to :

  • Understand the context and scope of the respective pieces of legislation
  • Describe the similarities and differences between GDPR and the DPDLE
  • Discuss the impact of legislation on Law Enforcement functions




This seminar will benefit law enforcement authorities, data protection officers and data protection professionals in the private and public sector who are authorised to process and protect individuals’ personal data for the purposes of law enforcement.




This programme is accredited by the Institute of Commercial Management and certification is awarded upon successful completion of the programme and subsequent written assessment (approx 2000 words).



Full Course Details

Title: Certificate in Data Protection for Law Enforcement Functions
Date: 28th, 29th November, 5th and 6th December 2023
Time: 9.30am – 1.00pm
CPD: 11 CPD Hours
Method of Delivery: Online
Fee: €1250


Tailored Training 

All of our open programmes can also be run on an in-house basis. For more information, see our page on In-House Training.



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3+ Delegates – 5% Discount
5+ Delegates – 10% Discount
10+ Delegates – 15% Discount

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