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

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Understanding the GDPR
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Understand what the GDPR means for you as 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 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.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 seconds On the 25th of May, 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation will become binding law in the European Union. It is a step forward for the EU data protection regime, to a more effective and consistent protection of personal data in the Union.

Skip to 0 minutes and 32 seconds It entails significant changes to the previous legal framework and requires persons and entities handling personal data to comply with new standards and to change their policies and practices. A possible failure to comply may lead to complex non-compliance proceedings and heavy administrative fines. It is also extremely relevant to individuals whose personal data are being processed. Individuals need adequate protection and should be aware of their rights. Privacy and data protection form a crucial part of human rights in the EU. It is therefore now more than ever necessary to stand still and examine the various aspects of this new legal instrument and its application.

Skip to 1 minute and 13 seconds Members of the Security, Technology, and e-Privacy Research Group from the University of Groningen will explain what natural and legal persons both in processing personal data should or should not do to comply with the GDPR. By closing the gap between theory and practice, you will learn the essentials of the regulation in a coherent and consistent manner from experts in the field. You will identify the main positions of the GDPR, explore rights and obligations of those involved in processing personal data, and evaluate established enforcement and compliance mechanisms. It will help you increase awareness and knowledge about the EU data protection landscape, enable you to meet your obligations, and benefit from your rights to the fullest extent.

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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

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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.
  • Explore rights of data subjects and their relevance in daily life.
  • Investigate obligations of data controllers and processors and related steps that need to be taken for complying with the GDPR.
  • 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."

"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."

Who will you learn with?

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.

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

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

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 Oct. 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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