FOI and Data Protection - How They Work Together

This Course is available in the Classroom or via eLearning


Throughout the year, this course runs in-person at dedicated training venues throughout the UK (list of upcoming cities outlined in yellow box below). There are ample opportunities to network with other delegates during coffee breaks and at the sit-down lunch. To place a booking, select your chosen course date using the 'Book Now' Button


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 using the 'Book Now' Button


Course Overview

Training course carries 5 hours CPD pointsThe competing demands of Freedom of Information and Data Protection legislation in the UK present challenges for all public bodies involved in collecting, holding and disclosing personal information. Understanding the interface between Freedom of Information laws (including the Environmental Information Regulations 2004) and the General Data Protection Regulation is essential for all those involved with information management in the public sector.

This session, which is designed for people who already work with FOI issues, explains the key principles underlying the differences between FOI and data protection laws, including when personal data should and should not be released in response to subject access requests and FOI/EIR requests. Delegates who do not have an existing understanding of the basics of FOI law are recommended to attend FOI Level 1 before attending this session.

The session includes:

  • knowing whether a request should be dealt with under the DPA or FOI law (or EIR)
  • the latest thinking on determining what is personal data
  • the interpretation and practical application of the personal data exemption
  • the legal principles governing access to third party personal information
  • applying relevant exemptions
  • disclosing staff information to outside third parties
  • analysing the practical implications of key decisions of the Commissioner and Information Rights Tribunal
  • disclosing third party data of professionals in the fields of health, education and social work

This session enables delegates to understand how to manage requests for information, and to achieve best practice within their organisation.

Attendance on this course can be used as credit towards gaining the Practitioner Certificate in Freedom of Information.

Course Trainer

Damien Welfare

Damien Welfare
Cornerstone Barristers

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Course Information
LondonWednesday, 17 November 2021
BelfastWednesday, 01 December 2021
LondonThursday, 27 January 2022
ManchesterThursday, 24 February 2022
BristolThursday, 17 March 2022
BelfastThursday, 31 March 2022
LondonThursday, 19 May 2022
LondonThursday, 15 September 2022
ManchesterThursday, 29 September 2022
BelfastThursday, 03 November 2022
LondonThursday, 01 December 2022

Classroom - 10.00am to 4.00pm (lunch included)


eLearning - delivered via dedicated online platform

£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:
Information Officers, Environmental Information Officers, Freedom of Information Officers, Data Protection Officers, Information Lawyers, Legal Advisors, and others.


Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection




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“The case studies and examples were most useful.”

Denise White
Eastbourne Borough Council

“Thank you – the eLearning was a great course to do and have enjoyed it!”
Hayley Silverwood
Information Governance Officer

“Excellent level of knowledge of speaker – very clearly explained.”
Athena Pavlou
Financial Ombudsman Service

“Fascinating and thought
provoking – very good.”

Jim Milner

Fereshta Shams
General Dental Council

“Found the course very helpful in its entirety.”
Jan Lumsden
Companies House

“Excellent presenter!”
Louisa Gosling
Somerset County Council

“Thank you – the eLearning was a great course to do and have enjoyed it!”
Hayley Silverwood