Principles and Practice of Information Legislation: General Data Protection Regulations and Privacy Rights

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Module code


(Can be taken as a stand-alone 10 credit module or as part of the 20 credit moduleĀ Complying with Information Legislation: Principles and Practice). The module will start in Week 7 of the semester.

This module will provide students with:

  • an understanding of the background and wider context to information legislation in the UK, with a particular focus on data protection law and privacy rights;
  • knowledge of the key principles governing data protection as well as a foundation in relevant case law/ enforcement notices;
  • practical instruction on techniques for managing data protection compliance within a corporate environment;
  • an understanding of the impact of data protection and privacy rights on the work of archivists and records managers;
  • the ability to unite theory and practice in this field.

This module will cover the following areas:

  • origins, context and development of the legislation;
  • principles, requirements and concepts;
  • the interaction between related pieces of legislation;
  • practical application of the legislation to real situations;
  • how to manage implementation in a public authority through techniques such as policy development, and monitoring, the development of practical solutions appropriate to the working environment in which the student operates;
  • understanding of how the requirements of information legislation fit with wider corporate structures and the integration of policies and procedures within those wider corporate structures

Number of credits

10 SCQF credits (5 ECTS) credits on Level 5, SHE M (SCQF 11)

This module runs in Week 7-15 of the Semester


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