Data Privacy Fundamentals is designed to introduce data privacy to a wide audience and help each participant see how data privacy has evolved as a compelling concern to public and private organizations as well as individuals. In this course, you will hear from legal and technical experts and practitioners who encounter data privacy issues daily. This course will review theories of data privacy as well as data privacy in the context of social media and artificial intelligence. It will also explore data privacy issues in journalism, surveillance and new technologies like facial recognition and biometrics. Completion of the course will enable the participant to be eligible for 13 Continuing Privacy Education credits from the International Association of Privacy Professionals,

Course Overview

What Will You Learn

Data Privacy Fundamentals is designed to familiarize participants with vital data protection vulnerabilities and evolving solutions to digital privacy and security risks for all enterprises.

Topics include: 

  • Privacy Law and Ethics
  • Intellectual Privacy
  • Internet of Things
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Social Media
  • Healthcare Privacy Practices
  • Global Privacy Practices

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify foundational understanding of digital age privacy concepts and theories
  • Identify privacy implications of modern digital technology
  • Articulate the rules and frameworks for data privacy in the age of technology


Meet the Instructor

Woodrow HartzogWoodrow Hartzog
Professor of Law and Computer Science, Northeastern University

Professor Woodrow Hartzog presents targeted lessons on data privacy matters and serves as an industry professional facilitator by interviewing distinguished practitioners who share unique experiences sharing challenging data privacy issues in their daily work. 

Meet the Featured Data Privacy Professionals

Alan MisloveAlan Mislove
Professor and Associate Dean, Khoury College of Computer Sciences, Northeastern University
Privacy and Cybersecurity, Personalization in Social Media, Machine Learning

RichardsNeil Richards
Koch Distinguished Professor in Law; Director, Cordell Institute for Policy in Medicine & Law, Washington University in Saint Louis School of Law
Intellectual Privacy and Information Law

David ChoffnesDavid Choffnes
Associate Professor, Khoury College of Computer Sciences, Northeastern University
Systems Networking, Privacy and Security, Internet of Things

Christo WilsonChristo Wilson
Associate Professor, Khoury College of Computer Sciences, Northeastern University
Artificial Intelligence, Encryption and Social Media Transparency

Kay MathiesenKay Mathiesen
Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion, College of Social Science and Humanities, Northeastern University 
Digital Privacy and Information Ethics

Evan SelingerEvan Selinger
Professor of Philosophy, Rochester Institute of Technology 
Privacy of Obscurity

Michelle AndersonMichelle Anderson
Privacy Counsel, Alexion Pharmaceuticals
Corporate Privacy Practices in Healthcare

Chris HartChris Hart
Privacy and Data Security Attorney, Foley Hoag; Professor, Northeastern University School of Law

Global Privacy Practice and Human Rights


The content of the course is free on Coursera. If learners wish to receive a certificate of completion, there is a $49 fee.

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