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Data Privacy Law

Course Level

intermediate - advanced / 3rd - 4th year

Course Language


Course Type
Online course / no classroom teaching
Contact Hours
Students will not have to be online during regular course hours. All content will be available at any time.
Class Materials
The course materials consist of a collection of cases and reading materials (Determann Privacy Law 2020 - Cases & Materials), posted at www.prof-determann.info. Students have to work through these cases independently and answer a series of quizzes sent via email.


5 (if exam has been passed)


This course will be held at irregular intervals, rather in the summer term than in the winter term. It will be available in the summer term 2020.

Time Schedule and Course Venue

An up-to-date electronic course catalogue for the summer semester will be available on the website http://www.fu-berlin.de/vv from late February to mid August. Please select "Fachbereiche" - "Rechtswissenschaft" - "Staatsexamensstudiengang" and "Rechtswissenschaft (SPO 2015)" in order to access the Law courses.

Course Description

More and more companies and government agencies find themselves in the press and courtrooms for data privacy and security law violations. Given the rapidly increasing technological options to collect and commercialize personal data, this area of the law is rapidly growing. This course will prepare law students for the challenges and opportunities of international data privacy law, with a particular focus on United States Federal / California privacy law and European Union / German data protection law.

Objective of the lectures is to familiarize students with the typical legal problems arising from the conflicting interests in data and privacy in today's global economy and society, in particular in the areas of law enforcement, commerce, media and employment. The significance and practical relevance of domestic, international and foreign national laws is rapidly increasing for individuals, government officials, businesspeople, attorneys, judges, and legislators around the world. We will look at how data processing and laws affect individual privacy in the various areas, including government and private surveillance, press reporting, commercial treatment of financial, health and communications information, and direct marketing.

Topics covered include common law, constitutional and statutory rights and obligations regarding data privacy, data security and legal protection for databases under California, U.S. Federal, European Union, public international and other countries' laws, including, for example, the U.S.-EU Privacy Shield (replacing the previous Safe Harbor Framework), rules on spamming, wiretapping, homeland security, and employee monitoring.

Restricted Enrollment

yes (that means that the number of participants is limited and that you might not get a place in this course)

Course Registration

(1) via Campus Management

Please sign up for this course under the module "Study Program Themis & Overseas - Module 5".

registration period: 20 April - 7 May 2020

Places will be allocated according to the principle "first come, first served".

(2) Please inform the professor that you wish to take part by sending an e-mail to ldetermann@bakermckenzie.com AND to frances.say@bakermckenzie.com before May 1st, 2020.

De-Registration from this Course

via Campus Management

regular drop period: 20 April - 7 May 2020

After the regular drop period you can only drop this course with a valid cause until 14 days prior to the exam. Please contact the International Office at the Law Department if you have to use this option.

Type of Exam and Exam Period

Grades are awarded based on the quizzes and one major written assignment (essay style assessment), which students have to complete and submit by July 1, 2020 (always send emails to ldetermann@bakermckenzie.com and frances.say@bakermckenzie.com).

Registration for the Exam

Students will automatically be registered for the exam when they sign up for this course.

De-Registration from the Exam

Students who drop this course via Campus Management are automatically de-registered from the exam. Students who do not drop this course via Campus Management and do not take the exam, are going to finish this course with a non-passing grade (0 points).

Grade Release

via Campus Management