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Information Privacy Law (Spring 2018)

Course Description

This course introduces and surveys the legal framework pertaining to information privacy in the United States, including the development of constitutional, tort, contract, property and statutory law to address emerging threats to privacy. Topics include the concept of privacy, privacy and the media, consumer data, behavioral advertising, identification and anonymization, financial privacy and government surveillance. Class discussion will include analysis of recent cases including those involving Facebook, Hulu, Google, Spokeo and others.                              

Learning Objectives: At the end of the course, students should understand the varied dimensions of privacy, the major decisions and statutes shaping modern privacy law, how privacy concerns are translated into legal claims, and the key competing interests driving major policy decisions and debates. 

Required Text: Daniel J. Solove & Paul M. Schwartz, Privacy, Information, & Technology (Aspen, 6th Edition)

Course Plan

Reading: This course involves a significant amount of reading. Unless specified, the assigned pages are from the required text. I will distribute reading assignments throughout the semester as the assigned reading will be revised depending on the pace of class,

Please read chapter 1 prior to the first class. 

Course Details

  • Unit Value: 2
  • Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
  • Schedule: T/Th 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
  • Room Number: Room 2
  • Exam: In-class, closed-book exam
  • Writing Requirement: No
  • Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: no
  • Participation: Required
  • Enrollment Limitation: 20 students