Two HELP e-courses on personal data protection and cybercrime, launched at NIJ

24. 11. 2023

The National Institute of Justice and the Council of Europe launched online on November 23, 2023, two HELP e-courses – „Protection of personal data and the right to privacy” and „Cybercrime and electronic evidence”, tutored at national level by NIJ.

The opening session was moderated by Ecaterina Popa, ad interim Director of the National Institute of Justice, HELP focal point, and who spoke about the impact of e-learning on the professional development of representatives of the law sector, mentioning that it is already the 20th electronic course institutionalized by NIJ due to the partnership with the Council of Europe and the HELP Programme.

Experts Janeta Hanganu, jurist at the ECtHR Registry, Ana-Maria Telbis, deputy head of the Directorate of legal training and human rights, CoE, Ana Elefterescu and Catalina Stroe from Cybercrime Service of CoE – initiated the beneficiaries of the trainings with the activities of the Council of Europe on cybercrime and electronic evidence, as well as, provisions of the Budapest Convention, thematic resources developed by the European Court of Human Rights, etc.

During the launch, HELP tutors, NIJ trainers, referred to the courses that were translated into Romanian and adjusted according to national legislation, as well as the way and stages of the training programs.

The course „Protection of personal data and the right to privacy” aims to familiarize participants with the scope of the right to data protection and the right to privacy, highlighting both the differences, and the similarities between these concepts. The training programme also addresses the restrictions that may arise in these areas and covers topics such as existing case law on the protection of medical data, the media, new technologies (i.e. GPS, drones, CCTV), e-communication, marketing and workplace surveillance.

The second online training „Cybercrime and electronic evidence” explores the challenges of investigating cybercrime and the difficulties of collecting and manipulating digital evidence. The mechanisms provided for in the Budapest Convention and the related protocols, as well as the alignment of procedural measures to combat cybercrime and the management of electronic evidence to human rights standards are also, analyzed in training modules.

Both courses, with duration of 40 hours of training, have been developed by the team of the Council of Europe Programme on Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP Programme) and will be active during November 23– December 24, 2023.