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FutureLearn: Understanding the General Data Protection Regulation

 with  Evgeni Moyakine

Understand what the GDPR means for you as data subject, controller or processor.

In 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), aiming to improve data protection for individuals across the EU, will become directly applicable. Organisations will need to be compliant with the new rules and should act immediately.

By developing good knowledge of the GDPR and understanding how it will affect 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.

15 Student
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Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
Pace Finished
Subject Law
Provider FutureLearn
Language English
Certificates Paid Certificate Available
Hours 3 hours a week
Calendar 4 weeks long

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Reviews for FutureLearn's Understanding the General Data Protection Regulation
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3.0 3 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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3.0 2 weeks ago
David Jennings 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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4.0 3 days 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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3.0 3 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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4.0 2 weeks ago
by Martijn Onderwater 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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5.0 3 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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4.0 2 weeks 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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5.0 2 weeks 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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5.0 2 weeks 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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4.0 a month ago
by Alan Kelly 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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4.0 yesterday
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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5.0 4 weeks 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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4.0 2 weeks ago
by Jean-charles Falloux 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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5.0 2 months ago
Margaret Riddell completed this course.
Really interesting course that had useful and practical guidance on what steps need to be taken to comply with the GDPR. Good teaching methods including quizzes and videos.
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5.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This is a great course, it gives a really helpful overview of GDPR and the steps organisations need to take.
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