Thursday
Jan 13 2011

Information Privacy Law (2 units)

This course focuses on the impact of new information technologies and services on personal privacy.

It examines a range of information privacy issues, particularly those involved in the use of the Internet and on-line services. Topics include the right of access to information, the free flow of use of information, the creation and protection of an individual’s “digital persona,” and the role of governments and the private sector in safeguarding personal information.

COURSE OBJECTIVES - click to expand

  • At the completion of the Information Privacy Law course, the student will be able to:
  • analyze a client’s current or proposed course of conduct;
  • apply U.S. privacy law (4th and 5th Amendments, federal and state laws and regulations, and common law privacy torts) and advise their client on the legality of such conduct; and
  • analyze and advise clients on the proper language to be use in online and printed privacy policies.

GRADING POLICY - click to expand

  • The grade in this course is based upon three 10 point multiple choice quizzes given at regular intervals throughout the course (each quiz counting for 10% -- for a total of 30% of the overall course grade), non-graded “hands-on hypothetical” problems given at regular intervals throughout the course, and an open-book final exam that consists of both multiple choice questions and an essay question (for a total of 70% of your course grade).
  • The multiple choice quiz questions require the student to show knowledge of the applicable statutory and case law and to apply that law to a specific fact situation.
  • In evaluating the non-graded hands-on hypotheticals, the professor is looking to ensure that the student: displays the practical skills necessary to respond to a client-specific fact situation; can apply the applicable statutory and case law; and can apply the law to the client-specific fact situation. The “Hands-on hypotheticals” are not specifically graded, but they must be completed satisfactorily before the student will be allowed to proceed to the next module in the course.
  • The final examination is open-book. “Open-book” means that students may use any of the assigned course materials as well as their own notes and outlines that they have created themselves from course materials. The final examination consists of 20 multiple choice questions (which are worth 50% of the final exam grade) and an essay (which is worth 50% of the final exam grade). The final exam essay question is weighted 40% on determining all of the applicable statutory and case law for the given fact situation; 40% on accurately applying the law to the given fact situation; and 20% on the clarity and organization of the essay answer.