Podcast Location:
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Categories:
Information & Data Protection Law
CPD Points:
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Regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority:
Listen and pass the quiz: Gain 1 CPD point (60 minutes)
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Listen and pass the quiz: Gain 1 accredited CPD point (60 minutes)

Regulated by ILEX:
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Cost:
  • FREE
Length:
30 minutes of audio
(+ optional 5 minute online quiz)
Plays on Computer:
Yes Downloadable as MP3:    Yes
Contributor(s):
Course Aims:

This podcast aims to provide a wide-ranging introduction to the principles, scope and application of data protection law in the UK. Fundamental elements of the law are therefore covered, including the legal sources governing this field, the meaning of “personal data” and the role and powers of the Information Commissioner in ensuring compliance with the law. A special focus is given to current issues in this area, including the transfer of personal data outside the EU and the application of data protection rules to employment law, subject access requests and direct marketing. There is also consideration of failings in the structure of data protection law as it currently operates in the UK.

Outcomes:
After completing the course you will:
  • Be aware of the key legal sources governing UK data protection law;
  • Understand the role and powers of the Information Commissioner;
  • Be familiar with the application of data protection law to the workplace, subject access requests and direct marketing;
  • Appreciate some of the failings in the current system of data protection law in the UK.
Level:
Beginner Difficulty: 1 of 5
Classification:
Legal Principles
Sources and References:
  • Data Protection Act 1998.

This podcast provides an introduction to data protection law in the UK. It identifies the sources and principles of law in this field, as well as discussing the type of information falling within the remit of data protection rules. Thus, the meaning of “personal data” is considered and the role of the Information Commissioner in ensuring compliance with data protection law is analysed. Particular attention is paid to the transfer of personal data outside the EU and the application of data protection principles to a number of common real-life scenarios such as in employment law, subject access requests and direct marketing practices. Finally, the speaker considers some deficiencies in UK data protection law as it stands today.

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