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Understanding the GDPR

University of Groningen via FutureLearn

Overview

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.

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.

Taught by

Evgeni Moyakine

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Reviews

4.6 rating, based on 37 reviews

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    Zane S.

    Zane completed this course and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    University of Groningen offer quality courses and the 'Understanding GDPR' was no exception. I recommend it to anyone who is involved in a business in the EU or who deals with the EU as well as anyone involved with any organisation in the Union or transferring...
  • David J.

    David completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    I did this course in January/February 2018.

    Inevitably the subject matter is quite dry. Parts of Weeks 2 and 3 felt a little bit like an only-slightly-animated version of the legislation itself (this page is about Article 27 and what it means; this page is about Article 28 and what it means).

    But if you want or need to find out what the GDPR might mean for you, this does the job.

    I'm slightly surprised to find that it has run before, because one or two of the videos and texts in the course look to have editing errors. Several participants commented on these, but there was no response.
  • Yass N.

    Yass completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    Very useful. I've learnt a lot in just 2 weeks.
    Very educational. I have a law degree but I think there is no need to have a legal background for this course.
    Very useful for anyone aiming to know about personal data protection or to work in this field.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    'Understanding the GDPR' course explains the fundamentals of GDPR very well. It covers topics such as Privacy and data protection, key data protection roles, principles, rights of data subjects, restriction of rights, obligations of controllers and processors,...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I currently work for a UK Government department and part of my job is understanding the current Data Protection Act (1998) but I had heard that the new GDPR legislation was coming into force on May 28th 2018 and so I eagerly signed up for this course....
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I am really satisfied from the course and the material given. Overall, I find it very comprehensive, very informative and well-structured. I highly recomment it to everyone who is interested in GDPR, either personally or profesionally. The tests and discussions...
  • Deborah completed this course.

    There is no need to have a legal background to understand the course, which has a lot of content and enables to understand the principles and what to do in an organization to meet the requirements. At the same time, people with good understanding and...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course was an excellent introduction to key concepts of the GDPR, helping me to understand its complex requirements and implications on businesses. I now am more aware of immediate actions that can be taken to conform to the regulation's intent, and feel better able to work with a legal advisor for ensuring full compliance.

    I highly recommend the course for everyone, whether or not directly involved in data processing, to become more aware of how much personal information is being collected or provided. Even if an organization currently is not subject to the GDPR, the GDPR already is influencing data privacy regulations being considered in jurisdictions outside of the European Union.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Quite in-depth look at the different parts of the GDPR. Week 1 is an intro, wk 2 is about data subject rights, wk 3 about data controllers and processors and wk 4 about liabilities and penalties.
    The course is well divided in small chunks. A week takes about 2-3 hours.
    My main objection was that texts were quite 'legal' and thus at places hard to read. Participants who do not have a background in law and are just there to gain practical knowledge about the GDPR might need some time settling in the style of the course.
    Some other small quibbles will most likely be solved when the course runs again.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    It provides understanding of EU GDPR, the scope, the accountability principles, sanctions and remediation, the roles and responsibilities of controllers, processors, EU member states, EU etc. How data subject, controllers, processors and authorities can engage players in GDPR to seek redress in cases of infringement.

    I love the flow of the topics, quiz and discussion to drive home the lessons learnt. The topic has indeed help broaden my knowledge of the concept and I am ready to take further steps in achieving the goal set for my engagement in data protection regulations.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Good overview of principles appropriate for most small and medium-sized organisations that handle personal data; this is not a specialist's course but would give enough pointers to those who need to delve deeper. It's presented by a law department (who else would say talk about "a very interesting aspect of this legislation"?) so system designers and technologists may have to work quite hard to translate the learnings into technology steps and processes. But overall worth doing and a decent return on the time invested.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    An in-depth course, explaining various sections of the GDPR in a very understandable way. It also briefly discusses when other regulations than the GDPR apply.
    I think the course is very complete and informative, and would highly recommend it for any type of organisation and also to any data subjects who are interested in learning more about privacy regulations.
    The course does not appear to be updated from one iteration to the next and could do with a minor update.
  • Pat completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    Comprehensive coverage of the GDPR and why it should be adhered to. I would have liked more examples or guidance of HOW to implement it. Plus common pitfalls to look out for and how to avoid them. It seemed to me that there was a slight attitude of "comply with the GDPR or else you and your company could be fined".

    Some of the material was quite dry but one excellent aspect was how the discussions were linked with the actual clauses of the GDPR.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Interesting topic and for the larger part clearly introduced. I missed a glossary with law concepts used in the course - as I am no law student and have never been one. Also I find it a pity the course instructors did not (visible to us) read along with the remarks, answering questions posed. Finally I had the feeling that some more proofreading and proofviewing would have been advisable before the MOOC was opened for viewing.
  • Martijn completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

    The course explains the basic concepts of the GDPR quite well. The lectures were well made, with good materials and in understandable English. This was not my first GDPR training, so I was aware of the basic concepts, but I still got some interesting insights and read some nice articles. If you're a GDPR novice, the course is a good starting point. If you know GDPR basic already, another course may be a better option.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Great course, really allowed me to get a grip on GDPR basics. I enjoyed using the platform and being able to discuss with other users. It is user friendly, complete to some extent and really well structured. I do think that some quiz questions were pretty obvious making it almost too easy to answer but in general I am really happy to have followed the course and invite anyone who is interested to do so too.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I worked through this course at the suggested rate, looking at and occasionally contributing to the discussions. Could have got more out of it if I'd put in more effort, but I was balancing it against other studies.

    The course seemed comprehensive and well laid out.
    At the end, I have voluminous notes and collections of links which I think will serve me well in GDPR implementation.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    An in-depth course, explaining various sections of the GDPR in a very understandable way. It also briefly discusses when other regulations than the GDPR apply.
    I think the course is very complete and informative, and would highly recommend it for any type of organisation and also to any data subjects who are interested in learning more about privacy regulations.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Slightly dry but covers GDPR in a systematic way. Plenty of student comments from a variety of backgrounds. The course allows you to pick and choose (i.e. can select articles out of order) and gives an easy view of current progress. No exams but in line quizzes which provide feedback. This is a timely course for an important law which I would recommend.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Well presented course at a not too technical level making learning and understanding the material really helpful. Nice 'bite-size' chunks, with well produced videos and on-line student interaction. Are you interested in updating your data protection knowledge for personal or work use - then you could do much worse than give this course a go. Mark.

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