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Business Ethics, Compliance & Law 1

level of course unit

Master course

Learning outcomes of course unit

Graduates are familiar with fundamental ethical and legal requirements for data processing and are able to discuss these with respect to data-driven projects. On the one hand, they are familiar with personal rights of individuals and, on the other hand, with applicable national and international legal bases with respect to data utilization (big data).

prerequisites and co-requisites

not specified

course contents

This lecture focuses on applicable national and international law with respect to data pro-cessing (big data) and specifically deals with the rights of individuals in regard to personal data. Basic ethical and legal skills for dealing with personal data are conveyed in this part of the two-part course. Students, e.g., apply these learned skills in the Practical Project in Semester 3.

The course content predominantly encompasses the following topics:
- Definition of terms: personal data, data separation, technical and organizational measures, anonymization, pseudonymization
- Fundamentals of ethics and data protection (e.g. the basic right for informational self-determination, consent requirements, purpose limitation principle)

recommended or required reading

- Floridi, L. (2015) The Ethic of Information. 1. Auflage, Oxford University Press, Oxford (ISBN: 978-0198748052).
- Gola, P.; Reif, Y. (2016) Praxisfälle Datenschutzrecht: Juristische Sachverhalte Schritt für Schritt prüfen, bewerten und lösen. 2. Auflage, DATAKONTEXT, Frechen (ISBN: 978-3895777677).
- Lynskey, O. (2016) The Foundations of EU Data Protection Law. 1. Auflage, Oxford University Press, Oxford (ISBN: 978-0-19-871823-9).
- Taeger, J. (2014) Datenschutzrecht: Einführung. 1. Auflage, Deutscher Fachverlag, Frankfurt am Main (ISBN: 978-3800515370).
- Worms, N. (2010) Informationsethik und Online-Netzwerke: Im Spannungsfeld zwischen strukturellen Bedingtheit und Privatsphäre. 1. Auflage, VDM Verlag Dr. Müller, Saarbrücken (ISBN: 978-3639320602).

assessment methods and criteria

Final examination

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planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lecture with discussion

semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered


name of lecturer(s)

Mag. Lothar Gamper / Mag.iur. Markus Kastelitz, LLM

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mode of delivery

in-class course

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