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Fundraising Matters | Getting Data Protection Right

Obtaining personal data is highly valuable for marketing goods and services. However, the question of what you can and cannot legally do with this data remains complex.

As more of us are keeping in touch with our audiences, supporters and followers online than ever before, it’s essential to ensure your practices are lawful, as well as to provide privacy, security and transparency to maintain the trust of your audiences.

Expert Laura Irvine, Partner at Davidson Chalmers Stewart LLP, dives deep into the subject and gives practical tips and advice.

What will you learn?

Over this three-hour online session, you’ll explore:

  • lawful data processing
  • individual vs corporate subscribers
  • legitimate interest and soft opt-in
  • cookies, consent and the risks
  • spam and how to avoid it
Who is it for?

Anyone looking for all-round data protection law training. This interactive half-day course will provide you with a clear understanding of the law, will explore practical examples to help you reflect on your organisation’s current approaches and processes, and will allow you to consider any changes that might be needed going forward.

Laura Irvine is the best speaker I have ever heard on this subject – and I have heard a few! I would prioritise her sessions!
Course participant, Scottish Opera

Meet the trainer

Laura Irvine

Partner, Davidson Chalmers Stewart LLP

Passionate about data protection, privacy and information law, Laura was part of the only legal team in the UK to have successfully overturned a data breach fine imposed under the old Data Protection Act 1998. She has been a solicitor since 1999 and was a prosecutor in a previous life.

Laura advises clients across all sectors on how to work with what is now known as the UK General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018. She wrote the GDPR Guide for the Law Society of Scotland, is accredited as a specialist in data protection law by them and chairs their privacy committee.  Laura is also a director of the Scottish Business Resilience Centre and a co-founder of Protectors of Data Scotland (PODs), a Meet Up group of ‘data protection geeks’.



Date: Wednesday 29 May 2024
Time: 9.30am-12.30pm
£85 + VAT for C&BS members,
£125 + VAT for non-members
Category: Training Courses


Laura Irvine



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