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Privacy and data protection in a nutshell

Privacy and data protection are crucial to understanding what the GDPR is about. Watch Melania Tudorica explain more about these human rights.

Privacy and data protection are fundamental rights protected by EU law providing a legal basis to support the rights of data subjects under the GDPR.

The right to privacy was not specific enough to cover the data generated in modern society from the increased use of ICTs. The right to data protection thus emerged to protect individuals from potential abuse and misuse of data.

In this course, we will explore how EU citizens’ fundamental rights to privacy and data protection can be protected under the GDPR.

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