Data Protection and the GDPR

You may be aware that from the 25th May the GDPR has been enforced with the possibility of huge financial penalties. You may not be aware that on the 24th May the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA) was given Royal Assent.

While the GDPR sets the general rules for data protection the DPA is complementary to it and spells out many of the exemptions and exceptions, in particular for journalism.

NUJ are pleased to be able to offer free training sessions for members in Scotland to help you get to grips with this new data protection regime and its implications for journalism. It will include considerations of data sharing, consent, information security, data subject rights and issues relating to photography

The sessions will take place on the following dates:

28th August (2pm-5pm) Glasgow
30th August (2pm-5pm) Edinburgh
3rd September (2pm-5pm) Perth

The sessions will look at the following areas:

What is personal data?

Basic GDPR requirements. Data protection principles and data subject rights.
Public perceptions. What people might expect, correctly or incorrectly.
The public interest, what it means – the basis for journalism exemptions from GDPR requirements.
What is covered by exemptions?
What is not covered by exemptions?
What happens if things go wrong?

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come basis. To reserve a slot, contact

It is our intention to roll out this training to the Borders, Aberdeen and Inverness later in the year so if you would rather be put on the waiting list for any of these locations, please contact


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