Information Privacy Law I

B708 is taught by F. Cate, J. Tomain

Privacy law and policy is one of the most important and rapidly expanding (and changing) fields in the world today. Increasingly most aspects of daily life involve the (often unwitting) collection, communication, and use of personal data. As personal data are generated and collected more widely, and are far more revealing, governments are challenged to determine the proper limits and regulatory structures to enforce those limits, while businesses and other data users must determine how to comply with those emerging rules, often in the context of new technologies and unclear norms. The field of information privacy has grown so large that we are now covering it in two courses. Information Privacy I (this course) will address the academic and constitutional background to privacy, the intersection of privacy and free speech, the protection of privacy in law enforcement, and (time permitting) privacy considerations in national security. Information Privacy II (not this course) will focus on privacy issues involving government records, and commercial and international contexts. This class will have a take-home essay exam that is distributed the last day of class and will be due before the exam period starts.