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Information Privacy Law

As distinct from better-defined rights in tangible and intangible property, informational privacy rights inhabit a space between property rights and human rights, partaking of both, with roots in the Constitution and the common law. The more society relies on data flows, the more important the law of information privacy becomes. Stewardship of data affects various legal fields, so this course should serve you well in whatever area you may practice. Privacy or its absence affects every person, so the course materials should also engage you, whatever your personal views may be. This course will suit people with a business or technology law focus, and has content of interest to those aiming at public service, criminal, family, litigation and other law careers. This course offers a choice between a research paper and a final examination.

The material includes:

  • What privacy means, and when/how it should be protected;
  • How privacy law constrains what media and other publishers may reveal;
  • Governmental and law enforcement access to and use of data;
  • U.S. national security and surveillance;
  • Governmental records and freedom of information;
  • Consumer privacy and big data in the networked environment;
  • Corporate stewardship of customer data;
  • Health, financial and other sensitive categories of information;
  • Privacy rights of students and employees; and
  • International privacy rights for business across jurisdictional borders.