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Internet Privacy and EU Data Protection


Course Description

Privacy may be the most mentioned and debated topic in relation to new technologies. An emerging body of academic work analyses how digital technologies have an impact on privacy and related values, such as autonomy, dignity, accountability and transparency. By studying the theoretical framework of privacy and data protection laws vis-à-vis the practical implications of the application of these, this course provides in-depth knowledge of how the right to privacy and the right to personal data protection are influenced by technological, social, and economic developments.

This course will focus on the intricate difficulties of regulating privacy and data protection rights in the era of online social networking and artificial intelligence (AI). What do these rights entail and how is technology changing them? How are they important, and can they still be adequately guaranteed through law or other regulatory instruments? How are law and policy in these areas developing and how effective will they be? Special attention will be paid to the General Data Protection Regulation and the debate about new instruments and concepts developed in that context. Concepts to be discussed are, e.g., the definition of personal data and special data, the (im)possibilities of a ‘right-to-be-forgotten’, ‘data-portability requirements’, and restrictions on automated decision-making and profiling. Tools to be discussed are privacy or data protection impact assessments (PIA/DPIA) and ‘privacy by design and by default’.

Course Requirement

Master Degree


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Attendance is mandatory as specified in Article 5.1 of the Course and Examination Regulations of the Master of Laws Advanced Studies Programmes.

Assessment Method

Written assignment (50%)
Written exam (50%) ** Passing grade mandatory for both exam and assignment to pass this course**

Contact information

Programme Coordinator
Ms Patricia Garcia Fernandez
Telephone number: 0031- 71 527 4228

Should there be any future extenuating circumstances which may impinge our teaching and assessment, these could necessitate modification of the course descriptions after 1 September. This will only happen in the event of strict necessity and the interests of the students will be taken into account. Should there be a need for any change during the course, this will be informed to all students on a timely basis. Modifications after 1 September 2023 may only be done with the approval and consent of the Faculty Board and Programme Director.