06/09/2016 - - Partners
The EU/CoE ‘HELP in the 28’ course on "Data Protection and Privacy Rights" online

HELP stands as the European Programme for Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals. And “HELP in the 28” is the EU funded programme for HELP in the 28 EU Member States.

The ‘HELP in the 28’ course on Data Protection and Privacy Rights offers a comprehensive curriculum which covers in an interactive way the key concepts, the legal framework of the Council of Europe (CoE) and the EU as well as the case law or the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). A presentation video of the course is available here.

One of the key reference materials to develop this course has been the Handbook on Data Protection developed jointly by the EU Fundamental Rights Agency and the CoE together with the Registry of the ECtHR. The course takes into account the EU Reform adopted in April 2016.

The course has 10 substantive modules:

  • The first three modules are basic knowledge about the right to privacy and data protection. You will learn what the legal instruments available on the European level are (stemming from both the Council of Europe and EU systems), what the role of institutions is, and what the key concepts and principles are.
  • The next five modules present different thematic areas related to:  1) medical data, 2) media (traditional and non-traditional), 3) new technologies, 4) e-communication and 5) workplace surveillance.
  • The last two modules are about the enforcement of data protection and privacy rights.


The course has been developed thanks to the “HELP in the 28” Programme implemented by the Council of Europe. Funded by the EU, “HELP in the 28” is the largest training project within the EU on fundamental rights for judges, prosecutors and lawyers.

If you complete the course and scores successfully in the multiple choice questions throughout it, you will be entitled to print a ‘statement of accomplishment’ from the HELP in the 28 Programme.

To access the course, first you need to open yourself an account at HELP if you have not yet done so (http://help.ppa.coe.int/login/) (2 min) and then you click here to access directly the course http://help.ppa.coe.int/course/view.php?id=812.




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