Master's Degree

Technology and Privacy

Code: 170022
Typology: Master's Degree
Credits: 60 ECTS
Language: English
Initial date: 20/10/2017
End date: 20/08/2018


Place of completion: Course ON LINE
Spaces: 24

Who are you targeting?

This course is aimed at professionals, students or scholars interested in the field of technology consultancy related to privacy issues.

Admission requirements

– Applications from candidates with backgrounds in criminology, law, sociology, computer science, economics, and political science.
– Candidates who have completed the first cycle of a degree can also apply; however approval of the Master’s Coordination Committee is required.
Note: students who do not hold a previous university qualification will be entitled to obtain, under the same conditions, a certificate of attendance issued by the University of Girona Foundation: Innovation and Training.


This master’s degree is the result of several conversations held in recent years between practitioners and academics in the field of surveillance studies, all of whom highlighted the lack of available training in order to fill academic or technical positions in the field of privacy and data security.

In the realm of privacy and data protection, the emergence of a European Data Protection framework and the rapid growth of IT-enabled data surveillance and mining mean that privacy management is increasingly professionalised. Chief privacy officers, privacy managers and technologists are now commonplace across the public and private sectors. Privacy policies remain unevenly implemented, and there is a growing need and high demand for analysts and practitioners at the intersection of privacy and technology.

The current development of privacy-related policies (data protection, tapping communications, etc.) means that the privacy management of organisations is becoming increasingly important. The purpose of this master is  to meet the growing need to train professionals devoted to privacy management matters in order to fill the positions created to fulfil the regulations in this field. Specifically, the Master’s Degree in Technology and Privacy aims to  meet the need arising from the proposed new 2015 European Data Protection Directive, which will make it compulsory for all companies with over 250 employees and all public bodies to have a Data Privacy Officer (DPO).

This master is therefore conceived as a qualification that will meet the existing short-term demands and long-term demands, given that demand will increase exponentially in the next few years.


This course is intended for those aiming to build or enhance their careers in the field of technology consultancy related to privacy matters. The main goals are:
– To train students to confidently tackle tasks in the field of privacy management and data protection, always linked to technological advances.
– To transfer the knowledge accumulated through collective work among academics and professionals in the fields of technology, law and policy.
– To train professionals in the field of privacy capable of designing and evaluating policies intended to protect the private sphere.

The specific aims include:
– To provide a full understanding of the social, ethical, legal and technological consequences of surveillance with special focus on the technical impact in terms of issues such as trust, proportionality and information access.
– To foster the skills to design privacy policies in a creative and analytical manner.
–To teach students how to identify key problems that threaten privacy and the stakeholders involved, and to evaluate the impact of policies.
– To develop the capacity to understand the basic elements of data protection measures, such as resistance to surveillance or privacy-enhancing tools.
– To give students a grounding in key concepts for the implementation of non-invasive technologies, such as Privacy by Design (PbD) or Privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs).

The master’s degree also addresses the sociological, political, legal and ethical context in which privacy protection policies and technologies are developed.

Promoting entities

  • Fundació UdG: Innovació i Formació
    Fundació UdG: Innovació i Formació
  • Eticas Foundation
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