Postgraduate

Postgraduate Diploma Technology and Privacy

Presentation

The current development of policies related to privacy (data protection, retention of communications, etc.) students will be able to confidently confront work related to technology, privacy and data protection, both for their technical and technical skills Management, both from the academic standpoint and from specialized consultancy. This postgraduate diploma aims to cover the training needs of professionals dedicated to tasks related to the management of privacy to cover the places demanded in relation to the regulations in this field. Specifically, we want to train professionals with the capacity to exercise the figure of the person responsible for privacy and data protection (DPO, data privacy officer), a profile that will be mandatory in large companies and advisable in those of smaller size.

Objectives

This course is aimed at professionals from the field of technology consultancy related to privacy. The objectives are the following:

  • Prepare students to deal with tasks in the field of privacy and data protection management, always linked to technological development.
  • Provide an understanding of the social, ethical, legal and technological consequences of monitoring, with special emphasis on the technical impact on issues such as trust, proportionality and access to information.
  • Teach to identify key issues that threaten privacy and the actors involved, and to evaluate the impact of relevant policies.
  • Create the ability to understand the basic elements of the measures aimed at protecting privacy, such as resistance to surveillance or the tools to guarantee data protection.
Program

The Postgraduate course on Technology and Privacy has a multidisciplinary approach and comprises the following modules:

Modules Postgraduate Tech and Privacy

PRIVACY AND SURVEILLANCE (I) [5 ECTS]

Introduction to the basic concepts used in the study of privacy and surveillance and provides a comprehensive theoretical grounding in the subject matter. The subject provides a view of the historical trajectory of surveillance, including different views on how totalizing and centralized it is. In addition, the module discusses data protection and its relation to privacy and surveillance, and gives an introduction to ways that surveillance has been conducted ‘from below’ (sousveillance) and in the pursuit of accountability (counterveillance).

PRIVACY AND SURVEILLANCE (II) [4 ECTS]

In this module, the digital and technological elements of surveillance come to the fore. Students are introduced to concepts describing surveillance overreach and discrimination, and other concepts such as ‘dataveillance’ which describes the ways that information and communication technologies have facilitated new forms of surveillance. Identification, one of the practices ICT speeds up and widens, is treated in relation to its socio-technical ramifications. Students are also introduced to the economic elements of privacy and surveillance.

TOOLS AND SECTORS I AND II  [8+7 ECTS]

This module provides a sectoral approach to privacy issues, through the lens of law enforcement, health, smart cities, banking, and more. Examining privacy in these contexts, with an empirical focus, the module also discusses ‘data tools’. These tools are modes through which data is collected, treated, or through which the results of data treatments are applied. These include biometrics, databases, algorithms, and drones. By the end of this module, students will have a strong grasp of the landscape of privacy-invasive and privacy-enhancing tools.

CHIEF PRIVACY OFFICER I AND II [3+3 ECTS]

These modules addresses the now well-entrenched professionalization of privacy managers in the public and private sectors. Building on the knowledge acquired in all the modules, this module gives students a grounding in (1) the policy elements of privacy and data protection such as European and international data protection frameworks and (2) the technical and managerial elements of a role – the Chief Privacy Officer – that is in growing demand. This includes learning how to undertake a privacy impact assessment (PIA) and how to engineer principles such as privacy by design (PbD) and how to set an organizational privacy program.


Aimed at

This course is aimed at professionals or interested in the field of technology consultancy related to privacy.

Admission

To have university training preferably in social, law or engineering sciences.

Methodology

Combination of teaching material based on audiovisual resources and compulsory and advisory readings (5 hours of material per credit). In autonomous work and targeted work, participatory methodologies will be applied to the “learning by doing” model.

Assessment system

The basic evaluation model is based on individual or group work of a diverse nature. It will be mandatory to give a work by subject at least. Depending on the teacher, other assessment tests will be required during the course. It is mandatory to complete all the teaching sessions and to deliver 100% of the evaluable work and activities of the course to obtain the title.

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