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Data Privacy Fundamentals

Northeastern University via Coursera


This course is designed to introduce data privacy to a wide audience and help each participant see how data privacy has evolved as a compelling concern to public and private organizations as well as individuals. In this course, you will hear from legal and technical experts and practitioners who encounter data privacy issues daily. This course will review theories of data privacy as well as data privacy in the context of social media and artificial intelligence. It will also explore data privacy issues in journalism, surveillance, new technologies like facial recognition and biometrics. Completion of the course will enable the participant to be eligible for CPE credit.


  • Privacy in the Digital Age
    • In this module we will be introduced to some background information and foundational concepts of digital age privacy. You will see some of the history of it and consider the quandary that comes with trying to define privacy. Questions about the realities of securing personal data information will also be considered.
  • Risks in Data Privacy
    • In this module we begin to contemplate what threatens our privacy in this digital age and the steps we can we take to protect it. Also, we will take a deep look into the growing influence of smart devices and artificial intelligence and consider whether or not they help or hinder human beings.
  • Frameworks of Data Privacy Law
    • In this module we will explore privacy and the law and how it pertains to privacy in the media, in surveillance situations and in protecting personal data information. Finally, we will see how privacy regimes are functioning outside of the United States and make comparisons on approaches to privacy and how it is regulated.

Taught by

Woodrow Hartzog


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  • This well-made short course is a must-take for everyone, as the implications of data privacy issues permeate modern life entirely. I highly appreciate the comprehensive overview that the material provides, as most, if not all, of the content are something that I would have asked data privacy experts/lawyers if I did not encounter this course. Particularly as an aspiring biomedical and clinical researcher, this course gave me a baseline working understanding of the framework and trends on this topic. The interviews shown are also highly insightful and astonishingly complements the lectures by Professor Hartzog.

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