About this course

Course type Premium
Course code QACIPP
Duration 2 Days

Every day, we access, share, manage and transfer data across companies, continents and the globe. Knowing the ins and outs of data protection requirements gives you the information you need to stay ahead of breaches—and help you advance your career.

The Principles of Data Protection in Europe training covers the essential pan-European and national data protection laws, as well as industry-standard best practices for compliance with these laws. You’ll gain an understanding of the European model for privacy enforcement, key privacy terminology and practical concepts governing the protection of personal data and trans-border data flows.

This course is designed for anyone whose work is related to the processing of personal data, particularly those in the public sector and from EU institutions, agencies and bodies, including:

  • Data Protection Officers
  • Data Protection Lawyers
  • Compliance Officers
  • Information Officers
  • Record Managers
  • Human Resources Officers
  • Data Protection Professionals
  • Anyone who uses, processes and maintains personal data

*Please note: that whilst exam costs are covered within the fee of this course, you will need to book your exam via the IAPP website.

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Principles of Data Protection in Europe covers the essential pan-European and national data protection laws, as well as industry-standard best practices for corporate compliance with these laws. Those taking this course will gain an understanding of the European model for privacy enforcement, key privacy terminology and practical concepts concerning the protection of personal data and trans-border data flows.

The training is based on the body of knowledge for the IAPP’s ANSI-accredited Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E) certification program.


Module 1: Data Protection Laws
Introduces key European data protection laws and regulatory bodies, describing the evolution toward a harmonized
legislative framework.

Module 2: Personal Data
Defines and differentiates between types of data, including personal, anonymous, pseudo-anonymous and special categories.

Module 3: Controllers and Processors
Describes the roles and relationships of controllers and processors.

Module 4: Processing Personal Data
Defines data processing and GDPR processing principles, explains the application of the GDPR and outlines the legitimate bases for processing personal data.

Module 5: Information Provision
Explains controller obligations for providing information about data processing activities to data subjects and
supervisory authorities.

Module 6: Data Subjects’ Rights
Describes data subjects’ rights, applications of rights and controller and processor obligations.

Module 7: Security of Processing
Discusses considerations and duties of controllers and processors for ensuring security of personal data and providing notification of data breaches.

Module 8: Accountability
Investigates accountability requirements, including data protection management systems, data protection impact assessments, privacy policies and the role of the data protection officer.

Module 9: International Data Transfers
Outlines options and obligations for transferring data outside the European Economic Area, including adequacy decisions and appropriate safeguards and derogations.

Module 10: Supervisions and Enforcement
Supervisions and Enforcement Describes the role, powers and procedures of supervisory authorities; the composition and tasks of the European Data Protection Board; the role of the European Data Protection Supervisor; and remedies, liabilities and penalties for non-compliance.

Module 11: Compliance
Discusses the applications of European data protection law, legal bases and compliance requirements for processing personal data in practice, including employers processing employee data, surveillance, direct marketing, Internet technology and communications and outsourcing.

Premium Course

2 Days

Delivery Method

Delivery method

Classroom / Attend from Anywhere

Receive classroom training at one of our nationwide training centres, or attend remotely via web access from anywhere.

Prepare for the IAPP Exams


We strongly recommend careful preparation, even for degreed professionals who have passed other certification tests.

Preparation makes all the difference. In general, we recommend that you train and study for a minimum of 30 hours.

We want you to succeed. Please take advantage of this advice and IAPP resources to get through exams with as little anxiety as possible.


Tips for effective studying

Completing a training course doesn't guarantee passing an exam. Additional preparation is essential, so:


Self-assess – Each IAPP exam comes with two tools for determining how ready you are:

  1. The body of knowledge is an outline of the information covered in the exam. Use it to identify topics you are and aren't familiar with.
  2. The exam blueprint tells you how many questions to expect on each topic. Use it to map out a study strategy – allowing more time for topics with many questions, for example.


Use your textbook properly – Start by reading the table of contents. Note which topics are new to you. That will give you a feel for how much study and review time you need. When you start reading:

  1. Highlight important points in each chapter
  2. Copy out key passages; it will help you remember them
  3. Review each chapter to make sure you've captured the key points before moving on


Create flash cards – As you read your textbook, articles, web pages, etc., copy new terms onto notecards. Write their definitions on the other side. Quiz yourself. Use the IAPP's glossary of privacy terms to look up unfamiliar terms and make flash cards of them also.


Form a study group – Discussing the material with your co-workers and colleagues is a great way to remember material and understand it more deeply.


Learn in context – It's easier and more interesting to learn a subject you're going to use in real life. IAPP publications and resources show how privacy affects our lives and businesses. Get familiar with privacy news and issues by signing up for the IAPP/s Daily Dashboard, Privacy Advisor, and Europe Data Protection Digest. Subscribe to the Field Fisher Waterhouse and DLA Piper privacy blogs and the Bird & Bird data protection newsletter. Also, compare what's going on in privacy today with your job. What privacy issues could affect your work and career?


Use questions to find answers­ – Every training course comes with sample questions to help you review what you've studied and identify weak areas. Re-read notes and chapters on those subjects. Ask your study partners questions. Search for articles that approach the subject from different directions.


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