Data Privacy Fundamentals


About this Course

Learn about privacy from 5 prominent cases of data breaches from 2012 to 2015, which highlight vulnerabilities in typical organizations.

  • Get an outline of data privacy laws.
  • Walk away with some guiding principles for how to stay out of trouble.
  • Knowing how to hack a colleague’s password will raise some ethical questions. Justify your decisions in the course exam.

Course Syllabus

Module 1:

  • An overview of privacy laws in Canada
  • Case Study: Student loans data breach (Canada) – A breach involving the personal information of about more than half a million clients of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) and 250 departmental employees

Module 2:

  • An overview of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA)
  • Case Study: Target Corp. (USA) – A data breach involving information on 40 million payment cards (i.e., credit, debit, and ATM cards) and personally identifiable information (PII) on 70 million customers

Module 3

  • Dr. Ann Cavoukian’s 7 Foundational Principles of ‘Privacy by Design’
  • Case Study: Think W3 (UK) – A data breach involving 1.2 million credit and debit card details
  • Case Study: Doritex Corp. (USA) – A data breach exposed the social security numbers of over 500 job applicants

Module 4

  • Data breaches and passwords
  • Case Study: Home Depot (USA) – A data breach estimated to have put payment card information at risk for approximately 56 million unique payment cards
  • Class Participation Questionnaire

Recommended skills prior to taking this course

  • None

Grading scheme

  • The minimum passing mark for the course is 60%, where the review questions are worth 40% and the final exam is worth 60% of the course mark.
  • You have 1 attempt to take the exam with multiple attempts per question.



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