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Intermediate Level
Approx. 18 hours to complete

What you will learn

  • Understand legal fundamentals in European privacy law

  • Create awareness for the role of privacy protection and the rule of law

  • Learn about the human rights background of privacy protection

  • Become aware of the essential role of law in designing IT, crypto and security systems

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Intermediate Level
Approx. 18 hours to complete

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course


Week 1

3 hours to complete

Human rights and Economic Cooperation in Europe

3 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 22 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
Council of Europe2m
European Convention on Human Rights2m
Economic Cooperation4m
Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union6m
Privacy within European Union Context5m
7 readings
Legal document: European Convention on Human Rights20m
Legal document: Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data20m
Article: The distinction between privacy and data protection in the jurisprudence of the CJEU and the ECtHR20m
Legal document: Directive 95/46/EC of the European parliament and of the council (Privacy Directive)10m
Paper: The European Union general data: What it is and what it means30m
Legal document: Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council (General data protection regulation)10m
Diving deeper: Handbook on European data protection law
1 practice exercise
Practice quiz27m

Week 2

3 hours to complete

European Legal system

3 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 24 min), 11 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
OECD privacy principles3m
Legal system: Enactments2m
ECHR & Charter of the European Union5m
European Court of Human Rights2m
Court of Justice3m
Podcast: Civil Protection2m
11 readings
Article: The main differences between internet privacy in the US and the EU15m
Article: Blockchains and Data Protection in the European Union30m
List of international privacy standards
Diving deeper: Thesis: Is Society More Reasonable than You?
Paper: The economics of personal data and the economics of privacy1h
Legal document: Charter of fundamental rights of the European Union10m
Legal document: Directive (EU) 2018/1972 of the European parliament and of the council (European E-communications)10m
Legal document: Consolidated version of the treaty on the functioning of the European Union10m
Article: UK surveillance regime violated human rights25m
Diving deeper: Legal document (Case): Big brother watch and others vs. The United Kingdom
Diving deeper: Guide on Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights
1 practice exercise
Practice Quiz21m

Week 3

4 hours to complete

Case Law

4 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 36 min), 10 readings, 1 quiz
8 videos
Human Dignity: Leserbrief Case3m
Informational Self-Determination: Census Case2m
EU Law and Human Rights3m
Right to be Forgotten5m
Protection against Government: Klass Case5m
Protection against Government: Digital Ireland Case5m
Protection against Government: Schrems vs Facebook Case5m
10 readings
List of cases regarding Article 8
Article: Human dignity is in danger. In 2019 we must stand as one to survive20m
Article: Data protection in Germany I: The population census decision and the right to informational self-determination40m
Legal document (Case): Google Spain SL, Google Inc. vs. Agencia Española de Protección de Datos (AEPD), Mario Costeja González,10m
Diving deeper: Article: German and U.S. Telecommunications Privacy Law: Legal Regulation of Domestic Law Enforcement Surveillance
Legal document (Case): Digital Rights Ireland Ltd (C-293/12) v Minister for Communications, Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Ireland, The Attorney General10m
Article: EU-US Privacy Shield review: Jourová to meet US secretary amid compliance concerns10m
Article: Practical sheets on extraterritoriality and personal data protection: How to acquire good legal instincts1h 10m
Schrems I10m
Schrems II10m
1 practice exercise
Practice quiz27m

Week 4

3 hours to complete

GDPR Main Elements

3 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 29 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
10 videos
GDPR: Principles2m
GDPR: Personal Data2m
GDPR: Parties2m
GDPR: Data Protection Officer & Data Protection Authority4m
GDPR: Consent3m
GDPR: Lawful Processing2m
GDPR: Privacy Impact Assessment2m
GDPR: Privacy-by-Design2m
GDPR: Sanctions1m
3 readings
Guide to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)1h 30m
Legal document (Case): Finland’s Supreme Administrative Court vs. Jehovah’s Witnesses10m
Legal document (Case): Bundesverband der verbraucherzentralen und verbraucherverbände vs. Planet49 GmbH10m
1 practice exercise
Practice quiz27m



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