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Computers, Privacy and the Law

Course Overview

The main aim of the course is to enabling organisations and staff to work lawfully, protect user privacy and run a professional system/network/service. This course provides an introduction to the privacy and legal issues most likely to arise where staff in educational organisations have elevated access permissions for shared networks, computers and applications, and the need for organisations to have, and staff to follow, policies and processes that take account of these.

Topics Covered

  • The (limited) Right to Privacy
  • Assessing Invasion of Privacy
  • Assessing Risk of Harm
  • Improving Privacy
  • Working with Others
  • Other Constraints


  • Share good practice and learn from others from within academic networking
  • Tailored course specifically designed for Janet connected organisations
  • 1yr online support following the course
  • High quality materials including case studies, checklist and examples
  • Learn from subject matter experts within the Janet community
  • Affordable prices
  • All course materials, equipment and labs provided

Who Should Attend

What Will You Learn?

On completion of this one day course, delegates will be able to:

  • Suggest ways in which your role impacts on other peoples privacy
  • Explain how the law protects privacy
  • Describe the need to balance privacy with other rights
  • Assess the privacy impact of a proposed action
  • Describe some techniques that can be used to reduce privacy invasion
  • Assess the benefits of a proposed action
  • Describe some of the purposes recognised in law as justifying breach of privacy
  • Assess internal requests that may affect privacy
  • Carry out a simple privacy impact assessment to understand privacy issues
  • Name which laws regulate the release of private information
  • Apply this knowledge to assessing various external requests
  • Explain the principles of handling evidence
  • Explain the issues around material that is illegal to possess
  • Explain some of the issues raised by employment law

Any Other Info

The course timetable will be adjusted on the day to allow discussion of areas of particular interest to the audience. The course will therefore run from 10am to 4.30pm . Registration will take place from 09:30 – 10:00. All delegates will receive a workbook specifically written for the course. A buffet lunch and refreshments will be provided.

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