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Understanding the GDPR

University of Groningen via FutureLearn

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  • Provider FutureLearn
  • Subject Law
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Finished
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 3 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 4 weeks long

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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.

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Evgeni Moyakine

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Reviews for FutureLearn's Understanding the GDPR
4.5 Based on 24 reviews

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Zane S
5.0 4 days ago
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 data between their organisation and the European Union. If you are involved in any non-profit or NGO especially involving rights of individuals, this will be similarly useful.

It very clearly lays out the obligations of both Data Controllers and Data Processors. These obligations are all encompassing so there a…
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Anonymous
5.0 a week ago
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, supervisory authorities, and liabilities/penalties.

After covering a topic through video lectures and articles, the quizes use real-life examples to reinforce the concepts. The fellow learners, coming from varied background, provide multiple perspectives during online discussion of questions.

I would highly recommend this course to learn fundamentals of GDPR. A related course about GDPR in healthcare (titled 'Protecting Health Data in the Modern Age') by University of Groningen on Futurelearn is also very useful.

Thank you very much University of Groningen and FutureLearn for developing very informative courses at just right time.
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Anonymous
5.0 5 months ago
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. Although a little confusing to navigate at first, once I had it 'under my belt' it became as easy as pie.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the course and I have benefited greatly from it. The first week was very much geared to familiarisation and week 2 (in my opinion) to reinforcing what the whole concept of GDPR means but weeks 3 & 4 'really go for it' and I found the whole thing both useful, enlightening and educational.

This course is certainly a 'must do' for anyone involved with data and I would like to commend the team who put this whole package together as they have done a fantastic job!
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Deborah L
5.0 4 months ago
by 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 legal background and working in implementing the necessary steps for being compliant to the GDPR are attending the course, and the comments are very helpful and insightful, completing the learning.

I believed that it was important to understand what is the GDPR and the impact in an organization and took the course for my own understanding, not being in any responsibility role in regards to the GDPR, and this understanding will certainly help me in my daily work, indirectly.

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Anonymous
5.0 2 months ago
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.

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Anonymous
3.0 7 months ago
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.
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David J
3.0 5 months ago
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.
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Anonymous
4.0 5 months ago
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.
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Anonymous
3.0 8 months ago
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.
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Martijn O
4.0 5 months ago
by 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.
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Anonymous
5.0 7 months ago
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.
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Anonymous
4.0 5 months ago
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.
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Anonymous
5.0 5 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
An informative and enjoyable short course, well structured, providing a clear overview, with some interesting insight into the deeper levels of the topic, with focus on practical understanding of general outlines.

Usefull links for further study. Time well spent.

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Anonymous
5.0 5 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
An informative and enjoyable short course, well structured, providing a clear overview, with some interesting insight into the deeper levels of the topic, with focus on practical understanding of general outlines.

Usefull links for further study. Time well spent.

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Yass N
5.0 2 months ago
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.
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Alan K
4.0 6 months ago
by Alan completed this course.
Provides excellent overview of GDPR material. Well structured into readily consumable topics. I liked the way the material links to the actual GDPR so you read read the legal text. I think its a great starting point for GDPR understanding.
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Anonymous
4.0 5 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Well structured. Easy to follow materials. Good mix of videos, articles and discussions.

It felt like a comprehensive review of the subject and I now have a better grasp on the breadth of the subject that I can apply at work.
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Anonymous
5.0 5 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Very interesting and informative course. The course was well thought out and presented. If I have any observations it would be that I would have found it useful to have more links to additional reference material.
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Didier L
5.0 4 weeks ago
Didier completed this course.
The course is a good summary and the basic things to know about GDPR. I already had a course before therefore a lot was a review for me, but interesting to see the same subjects from different angles.
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Jean-charles F
4.0 5 months ago
by Jean-charles completed this course.
Great course to understand the core elements of the GDPR law. Video support and regular quizs helps you build your onwn thinking and comprehension of this law and your ritghts.
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