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Approx. 18 hours to complete
Subtitles: English

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
Subtitles: English

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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), 8 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
8 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
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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About the Privacy and Standardisation Specialization

Welcome to this specialization about privacy and standardisation, We are thrilled to see that you are interested and will provide you with a comprehensive study of the intriguiging subject of privacy and standardisation in the context of technological innovation. We hope this course will enthuse you to look further into privacy, personal data regulation and standardisation. Especially in the light of recent events it becomes more important to know about your (alleged!?) rights and freedoms. The courses on privacy provide you with a historical perspective on the developments of privacy rights in an international context. The course on standardisation shows you the legal context and the scalable power of standardisation. Both topics are presented in a technological context. The course on Privacy in the Western World provides you with the differences between the USA and Europe, and the details of Europe and USA will be explained extensively in the follow-up courses. The specialization will help you build a comprehensive opinion and it will challenge you in all areas of present-day privacy protection. It will link historic milestones to current limitations and offer you a journey through jurisdictions and technological fields alike. Through video lectures and quizzes we endeavor to build a solid foundation for you to construct a well-founded opinion on privacy and standardisation. Last but not least we sincerely hope you enjoy the course! Prof.mr.dr. Jan Smits...
Privacy and Standardisation

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