CIPP-E Focus Course - History and Foundations

The CIPP/E Focus Courses cater to individuals seeking a brief review of specific topics in the curriculum, rather than a comprehensive training course. They are designed for those preparing for the challenging CIPP/E exam who only require a refresher on certain subjects. 
This condensed eLearning course focuses on the History and Foundations of Personal Data Protection within the CIPP/E Curriculum, specifically addressing the European Institutions as well as the legislative framework.

Important Topics

In the first part of the course we will discuss the Rationale for data protection, Human rights laws, OECD Guidelines and the Council of Europe, Convention 108+, a harmonized European approach, The Treaty of Lisbon and Brexit.
The second part will go into detail about the European Court of Human Rights, the European Parliament, the Commission, the Council and the Court of Justice of the European Union.
And in the third part you will find articles about the CoE Convention, the EU Data Protection Directive, the ePrivacy Directive – as amended, the EU Directive on Electronic Commerce, European data retention regimes, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the NIS Directive and the EU Artificial Intelligence Act.

Target Audience

  • Individuals who need a foundational understanding of the history and foundations of personal data protection.
  • Anyone interested in pursuing CIPP/E certification.
  • Individuals who already took a training course but feel the need for more background information about this specific topic.
  • Individuals who took the CIPP/E trial exam, the analysis of which said to specifically focus on this topic before going up for the certification exam.
  • In case you consider purchasing more focus courses, it is advised to take them in the same order as the CIPP/E curriculum.


  • 12 comprehensive modules that each contain several articles to read or listen to, videos, slides, free resources, a glossary, and a quiz to test what you have learned in that module.
  • Personalized Study Schedule, based on when you need to finish your training course. Your schedule is made automatically, and will adjust when you change your desired end date.
  • Study Statistics that will allow you to keep track of your progress at any time.
  • Digital Flashcards with definitions of all important concepts of the CIPP/E curriculum are available in the course.
  • All materials are updated regularly, and you will always have access to the latest version of the courseware, no matter when you have made your purchase or started your course.

Course Content

12 lessons 22.5 hours


The CIPP/E History and Foundations focus course on provided a comprehensive and detailed exploration of the history of privacy. The course content was well-structured, covering the key milestones and influential events in privacy. I appreciated the thoroughness of the modules, which helped me gain a deeper understanding of the historical context. This focus course is a valuable resource for anyone looking to refresh their knowledge of privacy history before taking the CIPP/E exam.


In-depth Exploration of Privacy History"

The CIPP/E History and Foundations focus course on was instrumental in clarifying foundational concepts in privacy. The course modules offered a clear and concise overview of the fundamental principles and frameworks that shape privacy today. The materials were informative and easy to follow, providing a solid foundation for further study. If you need a refresher on the history and foundational aspects of privacy, this focus course is highly recommended.


Foundational Concepts Made Clear
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