Courses 2010 - 2011
LAW E 544
This course examines the legal doctrines of privacy and confidentiality used to protect personal information. The aim of the course is to understand how courts and legislatures seek to protect information as new technologies and new institutional practices emerge. The course examines the philosophical roots of the concepts of privacy and confidentiality, and traces the development in American law of the protection of an individual's right to control his or her personal information held by others. The course will review developments in Constitutional law, tort law, and statutory law. The class will examine case studies of landmark privacy legislation to understand how expectations of privacy and confidentiality are translated into legal frameworks. The course spends a considerable amount of time studying the scope and implications of federal statutes that attempt to establish fair information practices with respect to electronic personal information.
Not offered this academic year.