Data Sharing in the Public Sector


This course is available by: Classroom, Virtual-LIVE and eLearning


This course can be attended on an in-person basis at dedicated training venues (the yellow box below lists the upcoming dates and cities). There are ample opportunities to network with other delegates during coffee breaks and at the sit-down lunch.
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 Data Sharing in the Public Sector


Course Overview:

The sharing of personal data in the public sector, to improve public services and counter criminality and harm to individuals, is a growing all the time and increasingly expected of public bodies.

This course is fully up to date with the requirements of the UK GDPR, the Data Protection Act 2018, and the ICO’s Code of Practice on Data Sharing; and also looks at proposals from government which may change data sharing in the near future.

Issues covered include:

  • the meaning and types of data sharing
  • the process of deciding to share personal data, and the role of Data Protection Impact Assessments in the process
  • applying the Data Protection Principles to sharing personal data
  • powers to share data, and legal limitations
  • relevant security considerations
  • specific issues, such as sharing with law enforcement agencies, and the relevance of data protection exemptions
  • data sharing agreements
  • implications for data sharing following the UK Digital Strategy (updated 2022) and National Data Strategy (2020)

This course enables delegates to understand how to approach the sharing of data in the public sector. Those attending on a Classroom-basis will discuss a number of practical ‘real life’ examples and examine the different issues involved.

It is recommended that delegates attending this course have some existing knowledge of data protection. Those with no existing knowledge should attend Data Protection Essential Knowledge – Level 1 before attending this course.

The eLearning course was informative and structured well. I liked the flexibility of learning in my own time and also the exercises at the end of each chapter.”
Course Trainer

Damien Welfare

Damien Welfare
Former Public
Law Barrister

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Upcoming Training Dates
London (Classroom)Monday, 08 July 2024
Virtual-LIVE (Teams)Friday, 06 December 2024


- Classroom - £595.00 plus VAT
- Virtual-LIVE (WEBEX) - £495.00 plus VAT
- eLearning - £395.00 plus VAT

Additional Information:

- Classroom/Virtual-LIVE - 10.00am to 4.00pm
- eLearning - on-demand training available immediately

Discounts available:

Classroom / Virtual-LIVE:
10% discount for additional delegates for this course when booked together

20% discount for additional delegates booked together (up to 5). Group Licences also 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 (PC.dp.)


Practitioner Certificate in Freedom of Information (PC.foi.)




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Course Testimonials

“The eLearning course has been really good, especially when it comes to the exemptions which sometimes is hard to understand. Many thanks for such clear explanations.”
Sara Yague
Scottish Government

“An excellent eLearning course, well-paced, interesting and informative. Highly recommended.”
Lesley Gauld
Fife Health & Social Care Partnership

“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


“The eLearning course was informative and structured well. I liked the flexibility of learning in my own time and also the exercises at the end of each chapter.”
Ying Wan


“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