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To protect freedom of expression, data protection law contains a specific exemption for personal information processed for journalistic, academic, literary and artistic purposes (the ‘special purposes’).

The journalistic exemption is maintained under the Data Protection Act 2018.

Aimed at journalists, this live broadcast session is designed to summarise how the exemption works and some of the key differences between the old and new law, such as the Information Commissioner’s powers of written determination. The virtual classroom course is led by a specialist media lawyer who has extensive experience of working directly with journalists, Indies and production teams.

What You Will Learn

This live and interactive online session will cover the following:

  • The scope of the exemption
    • Consideration of exemptions for diversity, employment and equality of opportunity
  • The tests as to whether personal data is being processed:
    • only for the purposes of journalism, academic, artistic, or literary purposes
    • with a view to the publication
    • the public interest and
    • What is a reasonable belief that compliance with data protection law is incompatible with journalism
  • Pre-publication rights
  • Data security, confidentiality and integrity
  • Criminal offences: Unlawful obtaining of personal data
  • Re-identification of de-identified personal data
  • The powers of the Information Commissioner
  • Recent case law

Recording of live sessions: Soon after the Learn Live session has taken place you will be able to go back and access the recording - should you wish to revisit the material discussed.

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Learn Live | 22.10.2019

N/A | 10:00am - 1:00pm

GDPR & Data Protection - A Guide to Journalistic Exemption

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Discounts are available for multiple places. If you have 5 or more people interested in participating in this virtual learning session please email us at information@mblseminars.com for more information.

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