Certificate in Biometrics & Privacy

Privacy has become the most significant citizen protection issue in the global information economy

The lightning speed of today’s technology development challenges the privacy of information every minute as increasingly more data gets collected and exchanged. As technology becomes more sophisticated, so does the use of data. As a result, organisations face incredibly complex data protection risks and must safeguard personal information.  

Biometrics, i.e. the physical, physiological and behavioural characteristics of human beings, is at the heart of this revolution.

Swiss distance learning university is proud to offer a state-of-the-art, pioneer education programme that will develop the skills and knowledge you need to face the challenge of data protection. 

Key features of the course

  • 100% online higher education programme 
  • Taught by international experts
  • Multidisciplinary, expert-based approach
  • Practical cases studies 
  • Internationally  recognized diploma (ECTS)

Aim of the course in biometrics

The course on biometrics and privacy will answer the following questions:

  • Which biometric data can be collected and what do they say about their owner?
  • Which practical challenges derive from new technologies?
  • What difference is there between privacy and data protection?
  • Which legal and technological protection measures exist?
  •  What are the social and ethical impacts of new technologies?

Programme essentials


3x per year in January, April and September


Certificate of Advanced Studies in Biometrics and privacy, 12 ECTS


min. 3 months and max.12 month

Personal investment

approx. 50 hours per module

Admission requirements

- higher education diploma (university or equivalent)

- and/or at least three years relevant professional training or experience

- proficiency in English

Teaching language



Either follow the whole program or select the modules you are interested in. 

The new European legislation

In 2016 the European Commission adopted the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This new text enters into force in May 2018. It applies to all companies and institutions offering goods or services to EU’s citizens and organisations. The GDPR demands that companies implement adequate and auditable Data Protection frameworks and risk management. Organisations will have to prove that they are permanently reviewing and updating personal data protection measures. The new regulation will raise ethical, cultural and social issues that will be addressed in the programme.


We have created this program in collaboration with the Idiap Research Institute

The Idiap Research Institute is an independent, non-for-profit, research foundation affiliated with Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Its activities encompass basic research and development in the areas of multimedia information management, perceptual and cognitive systems, social media, biometric person recognition, multimodal information interfaces, and large-scale machine learning.

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