Executive Education


‘Data Protection’: This part of the course deals with the basic principles of data protection law (i.e., the laws regarding the processing of personal data). The course provides an overview on data protection law, in particular the GDPR, and addresses legal questions in national and European jurisdiction and legislation, as well as the link between law and technical challenges.

Personal data refers to information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person. The processing of personal data is essential for almost every part of today’s digitized economy. Entire business models are based on the collection and evaluation of large amounts of personal data.

The legislator has reacted to this and enacted laws that regulate the handling of personal data and protect the persons whose data is processed from undesirable consequences. The central regulation in Germany and Europe is the GDPR. The GDPR regulates the conditions under which processing of personal data is permissible, the rights of persons whose data is processed, and the measures the controller must take to ensure data protection-compliant processing. Violations can be sanctioned with high fines. Basic knowledge of data protection law is therefore mandatory in many business areas.

The main goal of the course is to foster consciousness of the legal framework and understanding of relevant and common questions related to data protection issues. The focus of the course is a practical approach to the relevant legal questions. The content will be, to some extent, taught based on plausible case law. At the end of the course, students will have the skills to judge basic legal problems related to the issue of data protection.

‘Cyber Security’: All organisations rely on information technology, related products and services. Where personal data is concerned there are increasingly strict legal requirements in place. However, with regards to the security of other information the situation varies. This part of the course is meant to give students a glimpse into the topic of information security and its management, both from a general management as well as a compliance perspective.

The course is composed of lectures, self-assessments, group work, and group presentations of case studies.

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Course Format

This course is offered in the part-time Master of Digital Transformation Management program and may be attended on a “no-credit” basis by individuals not enrolled in the program. Course participants are visitors who are not responsible for assignments and do not take an exam. As the number of seats in the course is limited, we recommend to register online early.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • understand essential laws, important court decisions and relevant legal issues of data protection law;
  • identify situations that imply legal risks to companies or business models in regard to data protection law;
  • solve basic legal questions regarding the processing of personal data with a guide developed in the course;
  • understand the basic tenets of information security management as well as its implications for business continuity management.
Key Concepts

Find, read and understand the relevant legal text;

Apply the relevant legal text to a specific case in order to find a justifiable solution;

Learn the relationship between national and European law on the one hand and the relationship between legal text (legislation) and jurisdiction on the other hand;

Apply standard legal concepts in the field of data protection law;

Understand the necessity of information security and its management;

Know how to prepare for and manage information security incidents.


Dr. Thilo Goeble

Dr. Thilo Goeble works as Legal Officer at the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information since 2021. Thilo joined the Digital Transformation MBA as Faculty member in 2018 when he worked as a Research Associate at the Chair of Public Law, IT-Law and Environmental Law at the University of Kassel. Between 2013 and 2015, he was Research Associate at the Chair of Public Law, IT-Law and Legal Informatics at the University of Passau.

Kirstin Scheel

Kirstin Scheel is a research fellow at the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology SIT / National Research Center for Applied Cybersecurity ATHENE. Her research focuses on cybersecurity and privacy protection for smart cities and smart regions. Prior to that, she worked for years in applied data protection as well as in project and process management in different industries.

Dr. Stephan Schindler

Dr. Stephan Schindler is a faculty member of the Digital Transformation MBA since 2018 and Research assistant at the Department of Public Law, IT Law and Environmental Law of Prof. Dr. Gerrit Hornung, LL.M. at the University of Kassel since 2015. Stephan was involved in the projects "Flexible, partially automated analysis system for the evaluation of video mass data (FLORIDA)" and "Cooperative system platform for video upload, evaluation, partially automated analysis and archiving (PERFORMANCE)". Between 2012 and 2015, Stephan was Research Assistant at the Chair of Public Law, Information Technology Law and Legal Informatics of Prof. Dr. Gerrit Hornung, LL.M. at the University of Passau and in the project "Multi-Biometrics-Based Forensic Person Search in Photograph and Video Mass Data (MisPel)".

Key Facts

Course materials

Course materials will be provided in electronic form.




On Campus Westend of Goethe University Frankfurt and partially online via Zoom.

Certificate of participation

A GBS certificate of participation is awarded upon completion of the course.

Course Fee

€ 1,900 (fee is exempt from VAT). The fee for GBS students or alumni amounts to € 800.

Course Schedule
Date Session
Fri., December 13, 2024 13:00-15:00; 15:30-17:30; 18:00-20:00
Sat., December 14, 2024 09:00-11:00; 11:30-13:30; 14:30-16:30
Fri., January 24, 2025 13:00-15:00; 15:30-17:30; 18:00-20:00
Sat., January 25, 2025 09:00-11:00; 11:30-13:30; 14:30-16:30

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