Information Privacy Law Seminar/Course

We live in an Information Age shaped by data and technology. As the collection and use of information in today’s world escalates, privacy has become an issue of paramount importance. This course will provide an in depth analysis of information privacy law, which involves a variety of different types of law (constitutional, tort, contract, property, statutory) that have developed to address emerging threats to privacy in our information society. Some of the many topics covered include: media disclosures of private facts, paparazzi, private lives of public figures, conflicts between privacy and free speech, medical records, HIPAA, confidentiality of physician-patient relationships, genetic data, wiretapping, police records, surveillance, USA-Patriot Act, monitoring of email, drug testing, searches, surveillance, email, telephone, Internet use, databases, record systems, Internet monitoring and identity theft. Since this course focuses on information privacy, it will not include matters protected by the constitutional “right to privacy” such as abortion and contraception.

The grade will be based on an end-of-the-semester exam.

Key to Codes in Course Descriptions
P: Prerequisite
C: Prerequisite or Concurrent Requirement
R: Recommended Prior or Concurrent Course