Data Protection Update 2020 - Cork

Data Protection Update 2020 - Cork

Data Protection Update 2020 is in association with Matheson.

Introduction - Why this event and why now?

Data loss and associated problems continues to be the most pressing and possibly even an existential threat to many organisations. The GDPR is beginning to really kick in as we approach the second year of its operation.

In October 2019, the UK’s Court of Appeal established in the case of Lloyd v Google LLC that compensation is in principle capable of being awarded for loss of control of data, even if there is no financial loss and no distress. ‘Class’ or ‘representative’ actions on behalf of many claimants has been established. Is there an organisation in Ireland that hasn’t had at least dozens of Data Subject Access Requests (DSARs)? Is there an HR department that hasn’t received DSARs in relation to grievances or other complaints, seemingly unrelated to the GDPR?

Why is this event important for YOU?

The DPC anticipates that a lot of new guidance will be published by May 2020. The DPC will give a presentation on those developments at this event.

In addition, we will focus on other challenges to employers in relation to data protection, such as CCTV images, covert recording, artificial intelligence in recruitment and how to get data back from employees who leave your organisation.

After attending you will:

Have received a comprehensive update on data protection developments that affect employers in Ireland and will have had ample time to question the DPC and the regulatory and cyber security teams of Matheson.

Course overview/outline programme

Technology and Data Protection:

  • CCTV and Video Images – What are the rules on using CCTV evidence and images in the workplace?
  • Covert Recording – When is it lawful or not lawful to covertly record meetings?
  • Wearable Devices – wearable alarms and more help keep employees safe – but when does their use become unlawful under the GDPR?
  • AI in HR – HR departments increasingly us artificial intelligence options but can AI be lawfully used if the data collected is fully automated?

HR and Data Protection

  • Special Category Data – Can employers rely on this information where it mentions a number of data subjects?
  • Employees and DSARs – Can employers limit the impact of DSARs? What information may lawfully be redacted or anonymised?
  • Leavers and Data – how do you stop your data going AWOL when employees leave your organisation?

DPC Update 2020 - Learnings, Trends and Lessons from the Regulator – The DPC provides a round-up of developments and new guidance expected by May 2020

Cyber Attacks, Data Breaches and Continuing Compliance – Data attacks and breaches are inevitable. We provide sensible options to minimise your chances of attack and to maximise your chances of recovery after a breach.

Who is it for?

This event is aimed at employers and HR professionals with data protection responsibilities and concerns.

When & Where?

9.20am – 1.00pm, followed by lunch and networking on the 9th June 2020, Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Cork 

Trainers & Speakers:

Our Speakers are data protection experts from Matheson Regulatory and Investigationsand Cyber Security Teams and from the Data Protection Commissioner’s Office.


Introductory offer: €95 (deadline 5pm Friday 4 April 2020)  - this offer can only be availed by emailing
Early Bird Offer: €195 (deadline 5pm Friday 1 May 2020)
Standard Rate: €395


In association with Matheson:




"Very knowledgeable speakers, great debate and Q and A sessions."
Michelle Peate, Operations Manager, Veolia Industries Global Solutions

"I got an awful lot from this event and was re-assuring that the questions that were been asked were questions I and my team have been asking for the last 6 months."
Patrick Moynihan, IHR Team Lead, DAA

"Great speakers, great location, good interaction"
Paula White, HR Manager, Beauchamps

"Very good course, really informative and have taken a lot back to my company to review."
Stephanie Corcoran, Talent & Administration Specialist, Coillte

"I felt the day was great from start to finish. the speakers were fantastic and had all the answers tot he questions asked."
Sinéad Woods, L&D Manager, Momentum Support

"Very informative and well organised event, with knowledgeable speakers who offered a practical, detailed approach to GDPR."
Nicola Power, HR & Compliance Executive, Safefood

"Found the day to be extremely informative and very helpful. The speakers were all excellent with in depth knowledge of the subject. We had done quite a lot of work on GDPR before attending but this filled the gaps for us and answered our queries."
Shirley Delaney, HR Manager, Megazyme

"Very informative"
Aisling Sullivan, HR Manager, Milestone Technologies

"Excellent speakers who clarified our outstanding queries on GDPR"
Jackie Walsh, Admin, Megazyme



  • Scott Alexander
    Scott Alexander Head of Learning and Development
    Legal Island

    Scott Alexander joined the CIPD in 1987 and is a certified member of the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland and a member of the Association for Coaching Ireland. Scott was appointed as a member of the Governing Body of Southern Regional College from 1 August 2015. Scott is also a mentor under the CO3 Mentoring Programme for chief officers in the 3rd sector and an HR Committee member for the Bruiser Touring Theatre Company. Scott has over 30 years’ experience in employment relations and employment law. He worked for the Labour Relations Agency in Northern Ireland for 14 years in a variety of roles, including collective and individual conciliation and enquiry point manager, before joining Legal Island as its Head of Learning and Development in January 2006.

  • Deirdre Crowley
    Deirdre Crowley Partner in Employment & Technology Groups

    Deirdre Crowley is a partner in Matheson’s Employment and Technology and Innovation Groups. Deirdre is currently advising employers on Covid 19 related employment and privacy related compliance issues. Deirdre has represented many clients in their dealings with the Data Protection Commission, including prosecutions, investigations, audits and consultation processes. Deirdre has personally defended many household name companies in employment related disputes before the Workplace Relations Commission, the Labour Court and the Superior Courts. Deirdre’s combined employment and data protection practice is market leading, reflecting 18 years of experience. Deirdre is a highly sought after conference speaker and is a key speaker at our Legal Island Annual Reviews.   


Event details


9.20am - 1.00pm


09 June 2020


Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Cork


Introductory offer: €95 (deadline 5pm Friday 4 April 2020) this offer can only be availed by emailing

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