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Offers candidates a basic understanding of data protection principles in relation to the GDPR.

Every organization must comply with privacy and data protection regulations. Organizations need to strive more for enforcing compliance to safeguard personally identifiable information (PII) as the penalties for data loss are becoming more and more severe.

Obtaining the SECO Institute Data Protection Foundation certificate demonstrates your extensive understanding of the rights and obligations of your organization as well as the rights and obligations of your data subjects according to the GDPR. The certification equips you with the necessary knowledge and skills to make well-informed decisions on how to deal with PII, and other data.

In addition, the Data Protection Foundation certificate exhibits your ability to cut through the legal jargon and focus on the core principles of privacy and data protection/GDPR, and understand the impact these will have on your organization. All in all, you will acquire a complete overview of your data protection responsibilities.

The Privacy & Data Protection track is based on European legislation and regulations.


Candidates should understand the privacy and data protection regulation associated with GDPR including the requirements to safeguard personally identifiable information (PII).

Required Exams

S-DPF - certification exam

The exam covers 5 objectives:

  • The basics of the GDPR
  • Where to find additional information about and explanations of data protection principles
  • How to apply the GDPR in day-to-day situations
  • How to be accountable to the Supervisory Authority
  • The basic steps that should be taken to implement the GDPR

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