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The GDPR: Understanding it and using it

The General Data Protection Regulation (The GDPR) is the new data protection regulation for the United Kingdom. Its introduction in May 2018 gave citizens more control and choice over the use of their data. All organisations processing personal data must comply with the GDPR.

Join this course to learn more about how the new regulation affects you as an individual and also understand how your company or industry will need to adapt to comply with the regulation.

The course is designed and delivered by Dr Nigel Houlden, prior to returning to Glyndwr University Dr Houlden was the Head of Technology Policy for the Information Commissioners Office (The ICO). During his time at the ICO he helped shape the understanding of the GDPR, in particular its use and application to technology. 

What you will study

This module will cover:

  • the rights individuals have
  • the legal basis an organisation will use to process personal data
  • pseudo-anonymization
  • Data Protection Impact Assessments
  • special category data
  • privacy by design and by default. 

The course will also cover how the GDPR relates to PECR (Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations), PECR sits alongside the Data Protection Act and the GDPR. They give people specific privacy rights in relation to electronic communications.


The case study will be through the development of a Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA), whereby students will be given the task in tutorials to produce and Identify the need for a DPIA, Describe the nature of the processing and assess necessity and proportionality of data protection impact assessments. This will be complemented by an in-class test, examining understanding of terminology and use of the GDPR.

Course start dates

Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

Running every Wednesday 3- 5pm for 12 weeks.




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