Course Details

Privacy Law

This course examines the law of information privacy: an individual's ability to control his or her personal information. The aim of the course is to understand how courts and legislatures seek to protect information as new technologies and new institutional practices emerge. The course examines the philosophical roots of the concept of privacy and traces the development of American law protecting it. By examining landmark privacy legislation the class seeks to understand how expectations of privacy and confidentiality are translated into legal frameworks, and considers the international divide on how best, and how much, to protect privacy. The course will reflect on the scope and implications of federal statutes that attempt to establish fair information practices, and look at recent controversies involving domestic surveillance, automatic identification systems, social networking sites, video surveillance, DNA databases, and airport body scanners. Evaluation will be based on class participation and a final exam.

Catalog Number: LAWSTUDY 710
Additional Course Information: Open to First Year Students

Course History

Spring 2018
Title: Privacy Law
Faculty: Kugler, Matthew (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 70     Actual: 32

Spring 2017
Title: Privacy Law
Faculty: Kugler, Matthew (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Type: Lecture     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 65     Actual: 22