Data Protection

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This module sets out essential knowledge relating to data protection concepts and principles, data subject rights, the implementation of data protection policies and measures, and regulatory compliance.

  • Understand concepts relating to personal data and its protection
  • Understand the rationale, objectives, and scope of the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • Outline the key principles of the GDPR relating to the lawful processing of personal data
  • Understand the rights of data subjects and how they are upheld
  • Understand that company policies and methods should comply with data protection regulations, and outline key technical and organizational measures to achieve this
  • Understand how to respond to data breaches and the consequences of not complying with data protection regulations
  • Creates awareness of the principles of data protection
  • Develops a practical understanding of how to protect personal data
  • Supports your organisation’s need to be compliant with the GDPR
  • Sets out your rights as a data subject
  • Relevant for organisations inside and outside Europe
  • Developed with input from subject matter experts and practising professionals

The Syllabus sets out the specific knowledge and skills that make up this module, as informed by input from subject matter experts from a wide range of computer societies and organisations.



  • Personal Data
  • Protecting Personal Data
GDPR Overview
  • Rationale and Objectives
  • Scope
  • Processing Personal Data
  • Lawfulness of Processing
Data Subject Rights
  • Facilitate Rights
  • Exercise Rights
  • Policies and Methods
  • Measures
  • Data Breaches
  • Enforcement

ECDL Foundation provides sample tests to enable potential candidates and employers to understand ECDL/ICDL Data Protection in more depth and prepare for testing.

Download the Data Protection Sample Test (.zip)

Please note: Answers are provided for the multiple choice questions of the sample papers, please refer to Specto approved courseware for information on practical tasks.