/ PFT Online Course on 'INTRODUCTION TO PRIVACY AND
DATA PROTECTION LAW'
Introduction and Background
UNITAR online course on is a foundation course developed to provide
participants with an introduction to the increasingly important
areas of privacy and data protection law. Technological advancements
have led to unprecedented changes in how personally identifiable
information is shared. While many of advancements have had positive
impacts on how we work, live and communicate with one another, some
of these same advancements have also increased the risks that of
certain negative consequences such as invasions of privacy, identity
theft and other harms.
As a result of these perceived risks, lawmakers across the globe
have been struggling to adopt rules that will protect individual
privacy rights while still allowing for technological advancements.
At present, there is a diversity of viewpoints as to how privacy
risks should be managed from a legal perspective. Some countries,
such as the United States, have adopted an approach that addresses
particular issues. For example, in the United States, there are
privacy laws that apply to health information, financial information
and other specific types of data but there is not a single omnibus
privacy law. Conversely, jurisdictions such as Canada and the European
Community have opted for broad-based privacy laws that cover all
personally identifiable information, irrespective of the type of
data and/or industry involved. Still other countries are still grappling
with determining whether they should enact new laws to protect privacy
and if so, in what way.
The divergence of views on privacy regulation leads to a lot of
complications in the international marketplace, especially when
one considers that the volume of personally identifiable information
that is exchanged online, a medium that knows no borders. Companies
that require personally identifiable information are often left
confused about what privacy laws are applicable to them. Meanwhile,
regulators and lawmakers continue to seek out ways to ensure that
the protections that they have elected to pass to protect the privacy
and data protection will apply even when information is being collected
and/or used by entities located outside the national territory.
Ultimately, many individuals remain uncertain about the scope of
their privacy rights and how to protect them.
This foundation course aims to shed light on the current regulation
of privacy and data protection across the globe. The instructor
will incorporate timely issues into class discussions and motivate
students to contemplate possible solutions to pressing privacy problems.
||when slots are full
||November 8 to December 10,
||Minimum of 35 hours
||US $ 400/-
||UNITAR Geneva (Course Administration
and Technical Questions)
At the end of the course, the participants should be able to:
- Define the concepts of "privacy"
and "data protection" and explain the role of these
concepts in the modern interconnected global economy;
- Compare the American and Canadian
approaches to privacy protection and explain the advantages and
disadvantages of the different approaches;
- Explain how privacy and data protection
are regulated in the European Union;
- Discuss trends in privacy and data
protection throughout key world regions, including South America,
Africa and Asia; and
- Examine the particular challenges
faced by countries in the developing world, as they work to protect
individual privacy rights, while also facilitating the growth
of electronic commerce.
The course is designed for professionals from all sectors and professions,
including: government, public finance, investment, trade, corporate
finance, project management, treasury, as well as academic circles
and civil society.
Structure / Outline
This online course will involve a mix of self-study and online interaction
culminating in a practical understanding of privacy and data protection
law through online group work. Throughout the duration of the course,
participants will go through theoretical and conceptual material
prepared by UNITAR and will have an opportunity to relate it to
real-life situations through online discussions and peer-to-peer
interaction. There will be a quiz/assignment at the end of the program.
This course will comprise of the following modules, each covering
a one-week period.
Module 1: Introduction to Privacy
and Data Protection Law; United States (Part 1)
At the conclusion of Module 1, participants shall:
- have a clear understanding of
how privacy is regulated in the United States;
- be able to identify key federal
privacy laws in place in the United States and understand the
role of these laws in protecting privacy; and
- be equipped to identify strengths
and weaknesses in the US approach to privacy and data protection
Module 2: The United States (Part
At the conclusion of Module 2, participants shall:
- understand the role of state law
in privacy protection in the United States and to identify key
state laws designed to advance privacy rights;
- describe the role of the Federal
Trade Commission ("FTC") in protecting privacy;
- be able to identify the key elements
of Canadian privacy law; and
- be equipped to describe the similarities
and differences between American and Canadian approaches to
privacy and data protection.
Module 3: Europe
At the conclusion of Module 3, participants shall:
- understand the role of Directive
95/46/EC in data protection and privacy;
- be able to describe the key elements
of Directive 95/46/EC;
- understand how European privacy
and data protection laws have influenced the development of
privacy rights across the globe; and
- be able to describe the US Safe
Harbor program and to understand its strengths and its limitations.
Module 4: Other World Regions
At the conclusion of Module 4, participants shall:
- be able to identify trends in
privacy protection around the world
- be knowledgeable about the privacy
laws in place in a number of select jurisdictions across the
- have opinions about the role of
international treaties and conventions in privacy protection
and be prepared to suggest necessary provisions for such international
treaties and conventions.
This course will be conducted over the internet using UNITAR's e-Learning
infrastructure for a four week period. Participants will require a
minimum of 60 minutes of study each day. The course pedagogy will
allow for three levels of interaction. At the first level, the participants
will interact with the training content and reading material provided.
At the second level, the participants will interact with each other
through the online discussion board facility, sharing experiences,
opinions and views, thereby giving the learning a contextual framework.
At the third level, the participants will interact with a seasoned
expert on corporate governance who will act as the course mentor.
The mentor will not only moderate the course for its entire duration,
but also provide feedback and discussion wrap-ups as well as respond
to participant queries.
UNITAR online courses create a progressive
learning environment in which participants have the flexibility
to structure their own learning process and interact with peers
and experts through the discussion board facility. UNITAR encourages
the participants to network with each other both professionally
and amicably, to establish contacts which further promote the dynamic
nature of the learning experience.
The online course will be conducted
in the English language.
This course is designed as an online course in which participants
will be primarily responsible for their own learning. Each lesson
will consist of the following components:
Reading Materials (Compulsory Reading Materials):
these materials are intended to educate the participants
about the basic concepts and principles applicable to the subject-matter
of the lesson. It will include, where appropriate, sample materials.
These materials will constitute the required reading materials
for the lesson
Reading Materials (Optional Reading Materials): this
will consist of optional reading materials for participants who
wish to learn more about the topic than what is covered in the
Links: This will refer the interested participants
to additional books, articles, documents, and websites that deal
with the issues raised in the lesson.
A glossary of terms tailored to the online course will
be provided to the participants and act as a learning support
during the entire course.
At the end of each lesson there will be a set of quizzes
for participants to answer. These quizzes are designed to test
the participant's understanding of the lesson. Participants are
required to pass each quiz and obtain at least 80% or more passing
grade in order to be eligible for a certificate. All quizzes will
need to be taken online.
Discussion Board: There will be a community discussion
board available on which participants can post questions or comments
that can be seen by the instructor and the other participants.
This discussion board will be moderated by the course director
and UNITAR. Structured discussion strings will be posted on a
All successful participants will be
eligible to a certificate after completion of this online course.