Programme overview

Data protection matters have become a regular topic for SMEs as well as for executive committees in big companies. Due to the robustness of technical advancement and social change in response to digital transformation, the security of personal data is now a worldwide serious challenge. Combined with the increased data privacy demands of individuals, many Swiss companies acknowledge data privacy as a competitive advantage. The compromising of sensitive personal and also business data such as financial, intellectual property, and other privileged information is an event that no business wants to experience.

We offer an encompassing and up-to-date executive programme for professionals to develop their understanding of data protection law by looking at contemporary issues in daily lectures and interactive workshops.

As we ensure that the DPO-HSG Programme remains relevant to professional practice, we also look at the issues raised by common technologies and services such as AI, IoT, electronic communications, cloud computing, and mobile services, among many others.

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Next step

Are you interested in this programme? You have the opportunity to visit an info event to find out if this executive education fits you and your career planning:


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Michelle Klaus Programm Managerin Law & Management

Target Audience

This programme is aimed at individuals who are exposed to or engage with data protection topics on a regular basis and who wish to quickly gain a solid and comprehensive understanding of the field and deepen their expertise in a broad range of areas. It combines condensed training in the fundamentals of data protection and privacy law with a subsequent intensive learning phase in which participants gain further expertise.

Working in both the private sector and public administration, as there is no specific industry focus. This includes employees responsible for processing personal data and complying with data protection laws and standards.

Recommended for

  • Compliance and legal professionals
  • Data protection practitioners and specialists
  • DPO candidates or newly appointed DPOs
  • IT managers, officers and specialists
  • Information security managers, officers and specialists
  • Auditors and controllers
  • Marketing managers and professionals
  • Consultants
  • Managing directors
  • Risk management professionals


Programme Benefits

  • Recognised: collect ECTS points and expand your studies
  • Life-long-learning: stay up to date with regular refreshers
  • Networking: get to know your peers and learn about their challenges

Course Structure

Content & Faculty

Fundamentals of Data Protection (5 days)

In this interactive one-week programme, participants will learn the fundamentals and develop a comprehensive overview of data protection law and regulations. The learning is enhanced by looking at current issues and working on case studies as part of daily lectures and practical workshops. Expertise and self-confidence are increased when it comes to assessing data protection issues from different perspectives and discussing relevant challenges with experts.

Module 1 is ideal in particular for those with a non-legal background who are interested in building a quick and solid foundation in the area of data protection and privacy law. This module can be booked as a single module.

Data as an asset, data as a right (3 days)

Participants will gain the cross-functional expertise necessary to carry out their role more effectively. This module provides a legal perspective on management programmes, IT execution and other relevant areas. Participants are equipped with relevant information and tools for specific situations and will learn effective ways of complying with data subject rights.

Data Governance (4 days)

In this four-day programme, participants will gain knowledge and expertise regarding the professional implementation of legal regulations and documentation processes. They will also obtain practical information about the international transfer of personal data, how to set up processes for privacy programme governance and how to handle a data breach.

Data Security (3 days)

Participants will learn to understand and engage critically with their practical knowledge and handling of data and cybersecurity. They are equipped with mechanisms for implementing security principles by becoming familiar with the fundamentals of cybersecurity and related technical measures, and will be encouraged to engage with their own role in privacy and security matters as a leader in their workplace.

The fourth module of the DPO-HSG programme is an interactive three-day session.

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ONLINE Information event: Data Protection Officer (DPO-HSG), 14.04.2023

via Zoom
Freitag, 14.04.2023
12:30 - 13:30

ONLINE Information event: Data Protection Officer (DPO-HSG), 16.05.2023

via Zoom
Dienstag, 16.05.2023
17:00 - 18:00

ONLINE Information event: Data Protection Officer (DPO-HSG), 21.06.2023

via Zoom
Mittwoch, 21.06.2023
12:30 - 13:30

Why University of St.Gallen

The HSG – your partner for first-class executive education in Switzerland

At the University of St. Gallen (HSG), you can choose from one of the largest executive education portfolios in the German speaking region – the right programme for your needs and career objectives. The renowned quality and practical relevance of the learning experience convinces more than 6000 participants per year. Profit from an Executive Degree from St.Gallen – the best business school in the German-speaking world – and get ahead in your career!

  • For high-quality teaching and executive training by top researchers

  • For competent executives

  • For Lifelong Learning

  • For international collaborations

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