Privacy Law

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Privacy Law - Course Details

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Single Course Price:

400.00 EUR (tax exempt)



Prof. Thomas Fetzer (University of Mannheim)

Video lecture:

Prof. Thomas Fetzer (University of Mannheim)


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Course Description

Short Course Description
The course will acquaint the students with the origins and basic principles of privacy law mainly in Europe. Furthermore, it will contrast the European privacy foundations with the U.S. approach. At the core of this course stands the new European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its applicability to specific cases and basic principles. Moreover, the course will cover current challenges to the existing privacy paradigms by big data and big data analytics.

No prerequisites.

Course Objectives
By the end of the course, students will…
have a basic knowledge on the foundations of privacy law in Europe and the U.S.;

  • have an understanding why privacy issues are treated differently in Europe and the U.S.;
  • have a basic knowledge on the applicability of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its basic principles;
  • be aware of privacy issues and potential legal limitations when processing data;
  • be aware of current challenges to the existing privacy paradigms by big data and big data analytics;
  • be aware of currently discussed new approaches to privacy (e.g. privacy by design).

Course Composition
This is a 2 ECTS course, which runs for 4 weeks. The content of the course is broken down into 4 units:

  1. Introduction to privacy law
  2. The GDPR I
  3. The GDPR II
  4. The GDPR III and current challenges to the existing privacy paradigms

Learning and Teaching Methods
In this course, you are responsible for watching video recorded lectures and reading the required literature for each unit and then “attending” mandatory weekly one-hour online meetings where students have the chance to discuss the materials from a unit with the instructor. In addition, students are encouraged to post questions about the materials covered in the videos and readings of the week in the forum before the meetings.

Grading will be based on:

  • Participation in discussion during the weekly online meetings and submission of questions via e-mail demonstrating understanding of the required readings and video lectures (worth 10%)
  • Three online quizzes reviewing specific aspects of the material covered (worth 60%)
  • A final open-book online exam (worth 30%)


ZFU Certification and Online Dispute Resolution

ZFU Certification

The Mannheim Master of Applied Data Science & Measurement program is certified according to the regulations of the ZFU (Staatliche Zentralstelle für Fernunterricht).


Online Dispute Resolution

Online dispute resolution according to Art. 14 Sect. 1 ODR-VO: The European Commission provides a platform for online dispute resolution (ODR). You can find more information under


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