Data Protection Update 2020

Data Protection Update 2020

Due to the current situation with Coronavirus/Covid-19, this event has been postponed until Autumn 2020. If you'd like to be notified when the new date is confirmed, please email

Legal Island and Pinsent Masons (guest speaker Laura Gillespie) will be holding a free webinar on Workplace Data Protection in the Home on Thursday 2nd April at 11.00am.

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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 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 the UK that hasn’t had at least dozens of Subject Access Requests (SARs)? Is there an HR department that hasn’t received SARs in relation to grievances or other complaints, seemingly unrelated to the GDPR?

Why is this event important for YOU?

The ICO anticipates that a lot of new guidance and codes of practice will be published by May 2020. The ICO 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 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 Northern Ireland and will have had ample time to question the ICO and the Regulatory and cyber security teams of Pinsent Masons.

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 SARs – Can employers limit the impact of SARs? What information may lawfully be redacted or anonymised?
  • Leavers and Data – how do you stop your data going AWOL when employees leave your organisation?

ICO Update 2020 - Learnings, Trends and Lessons from the Regulator

  • The ICO provides a round-up of developments and new guidance expected by May 2020

Cyber Attacks, Data Breaches and Continuing Compliance

  • Data breaches in the UK are being reported to the ICO at the rate of 43 per DAY. We provide sensible options to minimise your chances of attack and to maximise your chances of recovery after an attack.

Who is it for?

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

Trainers & Speakers:

Our Speakers will all be data protection experts from Pinsent Masons LLP’s Regulatory and Cyber Security Teams and from the Information Commissioner’s Office.

When and where?
9:20 am - 1.00pm, Autumn 2020
Pinsent Masons' Offices, Belfast

Standard Rate: £295+VAT
Standard Small Company/Charity Rate: £245+VAT

Save an additional £20 when you book and pay online



"Excellent content & presenters. As usual Legal Island delivered an excellent event. I thought I would maybe learn one thing but instead it got me thinking about a lot more."
Aaron Windrum, HR Manager, NIHE

"I liked the presenters, I thought they were very well informed and kept the crowd going. I also liked the interactive nature of the event."
Amy Gilbride, Deputy Head of HR, AFBI

"The speakers were very knowledgeable and presented their information in a manner that made sense to a relative newcomer. I particularly liked the comprehensive welcoming package and the quality of the speakers."
Andrew Aicken, Corporate Information and Communications Officer, CCMS

"For me, GDPR is not the most exciting of subjects, however the three speakers managed to keep my interest throughout the day. I particularly liked the way the day was broken up between listening, Q&A and group discussions."
Jennifer Campbell, HR Manager, NILGOSC

"Excellent event, very informative with the interactive sessions making the subject more interesting and easier to understand."
Sarah Toms, Group HR Manager, Prestige Insurance Holdings

"Very informative and gave working examples meaning it was easy to understand how to apply the regulations changes to my organisation."
Lorna Elliott, HR/Office Manager, Ulster-Scots Agency

"Very knowledgeable speakers and well-informed slides. Great opportunity to network."
Patrick Hanna Senior HR and Information Manager Business Services Organisation

"All speakers very knowledgeable and informed. Good practical examples given."
Pip Crook, Head of Corporate Services & Record Management , HSENI

"The event was instructive on the main aspects of the legislation and the speakers provided insightful and informed guidance."
Andrew Millar, Assistant Director of Judicial Appointments, Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission

"Helpful tips and next steps towards GDPR compliance."
Siobhan Laverty, Director of Finance & Business Support (& Data Protection Officer), Simon Community NI

"The event was very informative and offered good insight on what GDPR means in a practical sense for my organisation."
Fiona Byrne, HR Support Services Manager, NIHE

"Clear comparisons between the current Data Protection principles and the new incoming GDPR, with Case Studies and practical examples used. The session at the end for Public Sector was very welcome."
Deirdre Allison, Training Consultant, Yearn2Learning Training

"Good overview of the new regulations, clear to see what steps we need to take next."
Robin Arbuthnot, Director of HR & OD, Simon Community NI



  • 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.

  • Laura Gillespie
    Laura Gillespie Partner
    Pinsent Masons

    Laura Gillespie is a partner in the litigation & dispute resolution team and is based in Pinsent Masons' Belfast office. She handles a wide range of commercial disputes, to include contractual disputes, fraud, land disputes, judicial review and professional negligence.  Laura is a specialist in regulatory compliance, helping clients navigate through regulatory enforcement such as Data Protection, Environmental & Waste, Health & Safety, Modern Slavery and Internal Investigations for bribery and fraud.  Laura is recognised in both Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.

Event details


9.20am - 1.00pm


21 April 2020


Pinsent Masons' Offices, Belfast


Standard Rate: £295+VAT
Standard Small Company/Charity Rate: £245+VAT

Save an additional £20 when you book and pay online