Data: Law, Policy and Regulation

  • Online certificate course
  • Department of Law
  • Application code OCC-LGD
  • Starting 2021
  • Short course: Open
  • Location: Global

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"The law and digital society are becoming more closely entwined, and as the processing of digital data becomes the bedrock of all areas of business, an understanding of how the law applies to digital decision-making is essential for business professionals and executives globally."  Andrew Murray, Professor of Law, LSE

The Data: Law, Policy and Regulation online certificate course from LSE employs a socio-legal lense to empower you with an understanding of the changing legal environment shaping data law and policy. Over the course of six weeks, you’ll contextualise foundational legal principles, apply behavioural economics concepts to data protection, and learn more about the legalities of data ownership. 

Developed by leading faculty from LSE's Department of Law, this course draws on the strengths of the department's innovative research and academic excellence to immerse you in topical legal debates about data protection, applicable regardless of your geographical or jurisdictional context. You’ll develop the skills to think critically about the intersection of technology, law and policy, by engaging with topical case studies and data protection regulations, including the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). You’ll also examine traditional regulatory models and how they are being replaced or supplemented by the application of algorithmic, data-driven decision-making.

This course is applicable to professionals from various contexts who are eager to understand the core legal concepts and debates surrounding data protection law and algorithmic regulation. Business professionals with an interest in the challenges posed by data protection legislation will benefit from both the practical and theoretical subject matter. Legal frameworks, case-studies and regulations are used as a practical illustration for discussion throughout the course, making it relevant to legal professionals such as regulators, policy makers, risk officers, lawyers, data protection officers, and compliance officers.

CPD Certified

This course is certified by the United Kingdom CPD Certification Service, and may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional bodies. The course has an estimated 60 hours of learning. 

Programme details

Key facts

Registrations close: 13 July 2021   

Course starts (Orientation opens): 21 July 2021 

Module 1 starts: 28 July 2021  

Duration: 6 weeks (excluding orientation)

Commitment: 8–10 hours per week

Fee: £2,200   

Course outcomes

  • Develop your knowledge in three core areas: Datafication and the law; regulation of and by algorithms; and rethinking data governance 

  • Assess the key concepts of the data protection framework, how the framework applies to regulation, and the values underpinning it

  • Contextualise foundational theoretical concepts related to technology regulation and the challenges that digitisation poses

  • Explore possible policy solutions to the future of data regulation

  • Compile a briefing paper assessing an aspect of the intersection between data protection and competition law

Programme structure

  • Orientation module Welcome to your Online Campus

Section I Datafication and the law

  • Module 1 Digitisation and its challenges for regulation

  • Module 2 Data as an asset, data as a right

Section II Regulation of and by algorithms

  • Module 3 Algorithmic regulation

  • Module 4 Algorithmic profiling under the GDPR

Section III Rethinking data governance

  • Module 5 Property rights in data

  • Module 6 Dominance and data



Andrew Murray - Professor of Law, LSE Department of Law

Orla Lynskey - Associate Professor of Law, LSE Department of Law



There are no prerequisites for this course.


This course is presented entirely online, in collaboration with leaders in online education, GetSmarter, a brand of 2U, Inc. View this Data: Law, Policy and Regulation online certificate course on the GetSmarter website.

Modules are released on a weekly basis, and can be completed in your own time and at your own pace. 

This interactive, supportive teaching model is designed for busy professionals and results in unprecedented certification rates for online courses.

Reading materials

All reading materials for this course will be made accessible to you through the Online Campus. Notes for each module are often downloadable, and you are able to save any information or collateral you use to your personal profile.

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