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Privacy and Data Protection (Allen)
Spring 2013   LAW 533-001  

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Meeting Times/Location
TR 9:00AM - 10:20AM
Silverman Hall 280

Anita LaFrance Allen

Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy; Vice Provost
Additional Information

Course Concentrations
International Law, Human Rights, and Immigration
Constitutional Law, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
Family Law
International Corporate and Trade Law
Intellectual Property and Technology Law
Perspectives on the Law

Skills Training
Expository Writing

100% Exam

Short Answer,
In Class,
Partial Open Book (textbook; notes ; own outline )

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement


Course Continuity
Students are encouraged to stay home if you are ill or experience flu-like symptoms. If you miss a class for any reason, it is still your responsibility to make up the work missed.

I offer the following to students who miss class due to illness:

- Class sessions are regularly recorded. I will make these recordings routinely available on the course site to everyone in the class.



This lecture and discussion course explores the role of the law in the regulation of privacy, personal autonomy and access to personal data. Part I of the course examines the origins of state common law privacy law and its subsequent growth. We will consider recent uses of the four common law invasion of privacy torts recognized in most states and by the American Law Institute’s Restatement of (Second) of Torts. Part II takes on the voluminous privacy jurisprudence spawned by the Bill of Rights-- most importantly, the First and Fourth Amendments’ jurisprudence of associational, physical, and informational privacy. What are the values at stake in constitutional privacy controversies; are they the same values at issue in the common law and in discussions of social networking, web-based commerce, cloud computing and government surveillance? Part III explores the federal privacy statutes, a dynamic source of privacy and data protection law. It surveys nearly a dozen federal privacy statutes, covering government record management; health, education, and financial data; video rentals; communications; the internet; and government surveillance. Course evaluation will be based on the final exam. Class attendance is mandatory for all students.


"Privacy Law and Society" by Anita Allen
Edition: 2011
Publisher: Thomson West