Executive Education


The course “Data Protection & Compliance” deals with the basic principles of data law, especially data protection and data security, and the full compliance of the digital company management. It addresses legal questions in national and European jurisdiction and legislation, as well as the link between law and technical challenges.
Data are essential for almost every part of today’s economy. Besides the fact that a vast majority of today’s business models depend and relay on data, data became part of almost every daily working routine. The huge amount of data which surrounds us in the digital world raises up a lot of questions, which need to be addressed legally and ethically. These questions are entangled with the positive as well as the negative consequences of a digital world. The challenges of the digital world are imbedded in our legal system. The purpose of the legal system is to regulate and guide, to provide rules for living and working together. In the digital world, this means that the legal system provides rules and regulations with regard to Data Security.

The main goal of the course is to foster legal consciousness and understanding of relevant and common questions related to the digital economy. The course content will be, to some extent, taught based on plausible case law. The focus of the course is a practical approach to the relevant legal question. At the end of the course, students will have a legal sense and the skills to judge basic legal problems related to the digital economy at the end of the course.
The course is composed of lectures, self-assessments, group work, and group presentations of case studies.

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Amanguli Yasheng

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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.


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

understand relevant legal issues of the digital economy

understand essential laws and important court decisions relevant to digitization

identify situations that imply legal risks to companies or business models

consider the aspects of ethical legitimacy in the implementation of the course content in an adequate form


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


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.

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)".

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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.

*Withdrawal and fee refund
In case the course withdrawal request is received two weeks prior to the start of classes, GBS will retain a withdrawal fee of €50. In case the course withdrawal request is received less than two weeks prior to the start of classes, GBS will retain 50% of the payment made.

Course Schedule
Date Session
Summer Semester 2023  

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