Data Protection law is an area which has seen rapid development in the 21st century. The pace of technological change, automatic data processing and the digitisation of society, mean it is assuming an increasingly critical role in our lives today. It regulates everything from legal responsibility for cyber-security breaches, to how social networking sites store and share data and even how its users share information about one another or others. This all-encompassing role seeks to strike a difficult balance between protecting the rights of individuals, whilst also facilitating the movement and use of data by organisations. The breadth of its application has resulted in it becoming a specialised area of practice, with many companies now under an obligation to employ specialist Data Protection Officers as part of their accountability programme.
This module will enable you to explore some of the key concepts, rules and functions of data protection law. It is 'practice' orientated bringing together 'academic law' with the types of legal issues experienced by individuals and companies today.
The central focus of the course is the interplay between UK Data Protection Law and the recent EU Data Protection Regulation. We will analyse and evaluate this interaction drawing on a range of sources, including policy, academic literature, advisory opinions and domestic laws and practices.