Data Sharing in the Public Sector

Training course carries 5 hours CPD points 

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This course can be taken on an eLearning basis

The eLearning version of this course is facilitated via a dedicated online learning platform utilising videos, supplementary documentation and self-assessment questions. To place a booking, select the 'eLearning' option from the 'Make a Booking' Button


The government sees data sharing as an important tool to improve and personalise public services, fight crime, and tackle benefit fraud. Public bodies face regular dilemmas over whether to share data, to what extent, with whom, in what circumstances, and subject to what safeguards.

This session, which is fully up to date with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Data Protection Act 2018 and the implications of Brexit, examines the key principles involved and answers the following questions:

  • what are the benefits of data sharing, and how much should you share the personal data you hold?
  • what are the challenges of data sharing in terms of maintaining public trust, and respecting personal privacy?
  • what powers exist to share data?
  • what are the conditions under which data may be shared? What restrictions exist, and which exemptions may apply?
  • what do you tell those whose data are shared, and how do you respond to subject access requests from individuals?
  • how do you write your own data sharing agreement, and what should it contain?
  • what other arrangements need to be in place before you share data?

The session will also give delegates guidance on:

  • the Information Commissioner's Data Sharing Code of Practice
  • Privacy Impact Assessments
  • monetary penalties for serious breaches of the Data Protection Principles
  • the impact on data sharing of the "non disclosure provisions" and exemptions under the DPA

This session enables those attending to understand how to approach the sharing of data in the public sector. It includes discussion of a number of practical ‘real life’ examples and the issues involved.

Course Trainer

Damien Welfare

Damien Welfare
Cornerstone Barristers

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Course Information
LondonTuesday, 07 December 2021

Classroom – 10.00am to 4.00pm (lunch included)

£485 + VAT (Classroom) OR £395 + VAT (eLearning)

- 10% discount for additional delegates for this course when booked together


- 20% discount for additional delegates booked together (up to 5)
- Group Licences available

Who should attend:
Data Protection Officers, Information Officers, Environmental Information Officers, Information Managers, Freedom of Information Officers, Records Management Officers, Information Lawyers, Environmental Lawyers, Legal Advisors, Consultants and advisors to private sector companies providing public services or exercising public functions, and others.


Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection


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Course Testimonials

“The course was very valuable and pertinent to the public sector!”
Jacqui Rogers
Royal Military Police

“Excellent course, knowledgeable tutor with excellent inter-personal skills, very engaging. I learnt a lot.”
Teresa Gudge

“An excellent course. Well presented.”
Daniel James
Barking & Dagenham DAAT

“Approachable and knowledgeable tutor. The case studies were very helpful.”
David Higginson
ING Direct

“Particularly useful were the steps that must be gone through before data can be shared.”
Adrian Brook
Home Office

“Excellent speaker.”
Laana Chandler

“The case studies are very useful.”
Rhys Campbell
British Transport Police

“The trainer’s knowledge was excellent.”
Colwyn Griffiths
Hertfordshire County Council

"Course was very good."
Sharon Betts-Palmer
Norfolk & Suffolk Constabulary