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Spring 2014
7397 SEM: Information Privacy Law - CASAREZ- 23725

Professor(s): Nicole Casarez (VISITING)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Intellectual Property and Information Law 

Time: 1:00p-3:30p  W  Location: BLB-3 

Course Outline: "Information privacy" refers to each individual's right to control personal information about him/herself, and it is one of the fastest growing, and most multi-faceted, areas of the law. Solo practitioners representing private citizens in civil and criminal matters, as well as big-firm and in-house lawyers working for domestic and international corporations, the government, the press and/or the financial and health care industries, all confront privacy issues with increasing frequency. Information privacy law transcends traditional legal categories to involve multiple areas of the law, including torts, contracts, constitutional law, criminal procedure, administrative law and statutory interpretation. Privacy disputes are controversial (and often headline-generating) because they almost always involve significant competing policy interests. Consider the National Security Agency's warrantless electronic surveillance program: is it a dangerous violation of our civil liberties, or a benign and necessary tool to fight terrorism?
The purpose of this seminar is to provide students with an overview of important areas of privacy law, and to allow students to focus in-depth on a subject of particular relevance to them. Topics covered will include privacy and the media, privacy and law enforcement, surveillance law and national security, health and genetic privacy, associational privacy and anonymity, privacy of commercial data, among others. Each student will be responsible for participating in weekly class discussions, a final class presentation, and completing a seminar paper.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes:   Quota= 12


First Day Assignments: Skim casebook 1-48. Pay particular attention to Sidis v. F-R Publishing (3-7); and Warren & Brandeis, The Right to Privacy (13-25) Read Jeffrey Rosen, The web means the end of forgetting, New York Times Magazine, July 21, 2010, available at

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Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: Yes

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