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About the Course

It is important for organisations who have a law enforcement function to understand both GDPR and the DP 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.

This two day 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.


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.



Who does this LED apply to?

The Law Enforcement Directive applies to cases where the data controller is a ‘competent authority’, and the processing is done for ‘law enforcement purposes’.

However, it does not just apply to the An Garda Síochána, but to any processing for law enforcement purposes, carried out by a public or private body who fits the definition of ‘competent authority’.

It is not as simple as presuming that all processing done by law enforcement authorities will fall under the LED regime, or that a private sector entity will not be subject to the LED – in the former case, the law enforcement authority may conduct data processing which has nothing to do with its law enforcement function (HR matters, procurement, etc.), and in the latter case, private sector entities may have been entrusted with public authority or be performing data processing contracted out to them by a public authority, where their processing is for law enforcement purposes.


Who Should Attend this Training: Examples of Law Enforcement bodies who should attend this course

  • Local Authorities who prosecute fines or planning enforcements
  • Those who work for public transport organisations who issue ticket offenses
  • Military Police
  • Revenue (Investigations section)
  • Department of Social Protection (Investigations section)
  • Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement
  • Data Protection Commission
  • And those whose work involves the processing of data for the following reasons:

the prevention of criminal offences

the investigation of criminal offences

the detection of criminal offences

the prosecution of criminal offences

the execution of criminal penalties


Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this certificate, 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.


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 course will be assessed by a single assignment after the completion of the course and is accredited by The Institute of Commercial Management (ICM). A certification will issue to attendees on successful completion of the course assignment.



Course Tutor

Katherine O’Keefe — Castlebridge Associates
Katherine O'Keefe
Katherine O Keefe is a Data Governance and Data Protection Consultant and Trainer with
Castlebridge Associates.




Full Course Details

Title: Certificate in GDPR: For Law Enforcers – Online
Date: 26 and 27 April 2022
Time: 9.30am – 4.00pm
CPD: 11 CPD Hours
Accredited: The Institute of Commercial Management
Method of Delivery: Online
Fee: €1,250


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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