Key concepts in EU data protection law

This primer module focuses on the key concepts in EU data protection law. What is personal data and what is non personal data? This module outlines the main definitions in the field of data protection and explains the differences in how data can or cannot be collected.

About this course

In this module EIPA’s data experts provide for definitions of what data protection is and what it is not. It explains who the data controllers are and what their role is. Moreover, the module brings practical examples of what is considered personal data and what is anonymized data. Additionally, this module briefly explains what categories of data protection exist under the current GDPR law.

How will it help you?

  • The module helps you to understand the difference between the personalised and non-personalised data and thus improves the decision-making in your organisation.
  • Upon completion you will gain knowledge on which data should (not) be collected and how to comply with existing regulations.
  • The key concepts of data protection provided in this course will increase your general awareness and knowledge about the topic.

Target group

This is a basic module suitable for all public administration officials at all levels. No prior knowledge of Artificial Intelligence is required.

Practical information

This module is structured into four main blocks:

  1. What is data and what is personal data? (5 min)
  2. Who are data controllers and processors? (15 min)
  3. Practical exercise (5 min)
  4. Additional readings (optional)

In total, you will need 30 minutes to complete this online primer module.

Key concepts in EU data protection law