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What is the Privacy course?

Privacy is an important right and an essential enabler of an individual’s autonomy, dignity, and freedom of expression. Yet there is no universally agreed definition of privacy. In the online context, however, a common understanding of privacy is the right to determine when, how, and to what extent personal data can be shared with others.

This course gives you an understanding of how, in today’s digital age, information gathering is fast, easy, and less expensive than ever. Progress on a variety of technological fronts has contributed to this new world.

Personal data has become a profitable commodity. Every day, users share more personal data online, often unknowingly. The Internet of Things will increase this dramatically. These factors have the potential to expose personal data and create privacy challenges on a greater scale than ever before.

This course provides a solid foundation for encouraging the development and application of privacy frameworks that apply an ethical approach to data collection and handling. These are frameworks that incorporate, among other things, the concepts of fairness, transparency, participation, accountability, and legitimacy.

What are the course objectives?

  • Learn the definition and importance of privacy.
  • Understand and reinforce user trust of online services, even as online privacy is under constant pressure of being undermined.
  • Learn how to promote strong, technology-neutral data-privacy laws, privacy-by-design principles, and ethical data-collection and handling principles on the Internet.
  • Discover how to protect and foster online privacy.

Who should attend this course?

This course does not have prerequisites.

You should attend this course if:

  • You would like to understand what privacy is and its importance.
  • You want to contribute to the growth and application of privacy frameworks that apply an ethical approach to data collection and handling.

How do I enroll in a course?

Self-paced tutorial

approximately 20 hours

Available in
English, French and Spanish

Offered online all year