Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Comparative Information Privacy Law and Regulations

661IT | 3.0 credits


The aim of the course is to consider the interface between information and communications technologies (ICTs), as well as traditional media, and informational privacy through the examination of a range of issues arising out of the publication of information; use of computers (the Internet); wireless services; and surveillance devices (both at home and at work, by the state and commercial entities). By the end of the course, students should be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the notion of privacy as a concept, a (human) right and a commodified item of property; the role of governments and the private sector in protecting personal information; challenges to privacy from newer ICTs; issues connected with transferring personal data across national borders; the creation and protection of digital identities; privacy and e-commerce; the balancing between the public interest in the individual's right to privacy and the public interest in other rights, e.g., freedom of expression, a secure society and the protection of minors. The course will embrace a comparative approach, i.e., comparing information privacy laws and regulations using sources drawn from the United Kingdom, several European countries, the United States, the European Union and the Council of Europe.