The DCU MA in Data Protection and Privacy: Law and Computing (MDPP) is an interdisciplinary degree run jointly by the School of Law and Government and the School of Computing.
With the advent of the digital revolution, increasing portions of the life and activities of individuals, companies and public institutions have turned digital. Actions, decisions, preferences and sentiments have become data that, despite being simple digits from a computing perspective, still have the power to produce tangible legal effects on our existence. Data is key to the growth of the economy, the functioning of institutions, and our day-to-day tasks.
Compared with human beings, artificial intelligence systems are able to process greater amount of data in a more efficient and less error prone manner. Yet, data processing involves numerous risks, related to the protection of our fundamental rights, the integrity of digital infrastructures underlying important services and, more generally, the security of our states.
The European Union is at the forefront of regulation of data processing, having adopted, or currently considering, legislation on the protection of personal data, the circulation of non-personal data, the use of open data, the safeguard of cybersecurity and the deployment of artificial intelligence. The effects of this regulatory activity transcends the territorial boundaries of the EU, affecting individuals, business and institutions all over the world.
The DCU MA in Data Protection and Privacy: Law and Computing (MDPP) is an interdisciplinary degree run jointly by the School of Law and Government and the School of Computing. MDPP aims to actively to this rapidly evolving context. Businesses, public institutions and society at large require expertise related to the rules and techniques to legally and safely process data, in particular in the context of the use of AI, both from a legal and a computing perspective.
In doing so through a uniquely interdisciplinary education, graduates will be highly competitive in a field which has a high demand for well qualified graduates in the EU and beyond. Recognizing the global nature of data flows and the consequently transnational impact of EU law, policies and practices, MDPP offers students from all over the world an opportunity to benefit from the EU expertise in this crucial and legal technological area, and gain specialist knowledge in a truly international environment.
In 2021, the International Association of Privacy Professionals guide recognised the Masters in Data Protection and Privacy as one of eleven courses internationally to integrate both computing and law as core elements of the academic structure.