Privacy and Data Protection (Allen)
TR 9:00AM - 10:20AM
Silverman Hall 280
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