Understanding the GDPR - University of Groningen


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Program Description


Get to grips with the General Data Protection Regulation and take the first steps to ensure that your organisation is compliant.

Understand what the GDPR means for you as a data subject, controller or processor

On 25 May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), aiming to improve data protection for individuals across the EU, became directly applicable. Now, organisations need to be compliant with the new rules and should act immediately.

By developing a good knowledge of the GDPR and understanding how it affects you, you will learn about the first steps for making your organisation compliant and can immediately start taking them. You will explore data subjects’ rights, data controllers’ and processors’ obligations, and enforcement and compliance notions in the context of the Regulation.

What topics will you cover?

  • General principles and basic concepts of the GDPR.
  • Key actors under the GDPR and their role.
  • Rights of data subjects.
  • Obligations of data controllers and processors and law compliance measures.
  • Enforcement and compliance mechanisms.
  • Liabilities and sanctions.

When would you like to start?

Most FutureLearn courses run multiple times. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts.

  • Available now
  • 19 October 2020

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to:

  • Identify the main positions of the GDPR, including key concepts, principles and data protection roles.
  • Investigate obligations of data controllers and processors and related steps that need to be taken for complying with the GDPR.
  • Explore the rights of data subjects and their relevance in daily life.
  • Evaluate enforcement and compliance mechanisms and international data transfers under the GDPR.

Who is the course for?

The course is specifically developed for professionals working for companies, public authorities and bodies, students, and anyone who wishes to know more about data protection and the GDPR, especially those handling personal data.

What do people say about this course?

Thank you. The course was very informative and structured well. It made sense of the legal GDPR document and walked us through the different aspects of GDPR. Rajen ShahSoftware Engineer This course has given me a broad overview of the GDPR and helped me understand better the duties and responsibilities of data controllers and data processors. It has also given me a better understanding of my rights as a data subject. Thank you to all at the University of Groningen for creating this easy-to-follow online course. Cecile ScarosBusiness mentor

Who will you learn with?

Evgeni Moyakine

Assistant professor at the Section IT law and research fellow at STeP, carrying out various types of research in the fields of privacy, data protection and biometrics.

Jonida Milaj-Weishaar

Assistant professor in European Technology Law and Human Rights at Groningen University.

Melania Tudorica

Research fellow EU projects/ PhD researcher at the University of Groningen working on privacy issues, in particular in healthcare.

Bo Zhao

As a Chinese scholar, Dr Bo Zhao was a senior research fellow at STeP (University of Groningen) before his joining the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society in October 2017.

Who developed the course?

University of Groningen

The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, in the north of the Netherlands.

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